Mother doing hard yards for school
Monday, 26th July, 2010
A mother on an outback station is raising money for the School of the Air by entering Sydney's "City2Surf" marathon.
Zanna Gale is the mother of three girls who study by correspondence. She works on the P and C and would like to do something for the 98 students who attend School of the Air.
She lives on Pincally Station, 270 kilometres north of Broken Hill, and for more than a year she has used the vast, dusty environment as a running track.
Zanna said she could never run long distances but thought she would give it a go when she saw a friend do it.
She found an online trainer to help her but after running a half marathon, she pulled some muscles and was unable to run.
So she thought she would attempt the Sun-Herald City2Surf on August 8. It covers 14 kilometres from the CBD to Bondi Beach.
Her original goal was $1000 but so far she has raised more than $2000 and is happy with the result.
"Anything I get more than $2000 will be a bonus," said Zanna.
At 35 years of age, she feels it means more to be running for a cause. She also said the exercise is addictive.
"Once you start, anyone can do it," she said.