From my Tasmanian Reporter: Vicky Essam
Fundraiser’s epic journey Challenge in the name of charity – Challenge in the name of charity
By CHRIS PIPPOS
FUNDRAISER Vlastik Skvaril could not have picked a more remote journey for his next huge challenge.
The 68-year-old has chosen a 5768km solo run across mainland Australia next year to raise money for CanTeen.
The Czech-born Burnie resident will probably be the first person to run completely inland from west to east across Australia, tackling some of the harshest terrain on earth, starting at Shark Bay and finishing at Byron Bay.
Vlastik said he believed he was the first to attempt such a route.
“I have done some research and I only know of someone that ran from Perth to Sydney,” Vlastik said.
The 100-day journey, involving the support of his wife Jo Skvaril, who will drive ahead of him, will require an estimated “11,600,000 steps”.
“I think I’m more fit than I was when I was 18,” he said.
“It will be the biggest challenge for sure.”
Vlastik has already conquered numerous challenges.
He completed a 5500km “Cape to Cape” (South to Cape York) solo run in 92 days last year, raising $25,000 for Camp Quality.
The Skvarils will celebrate their 47th anniversary next October, during the end of the run near the New South Wales and Queensland border.
“She’s a great supporter – I couldn’t do it without her,” he said.
All funds collected from the run will go to CanTeen, which supports young people living with cancer.
Vlastik said while his six grandchildren were all healthy, it was important for him to help raise money for those less fortunate.
Online donations can be made to CanTeen through Vlastik’s Everyday Hero Page – http://www.everydayhero.com.au/ VlastislavSkvaril. Sponsors who would like to promote their companies during the run can contact Vlastik on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0419399605.