Inspiring reason to run

Y10 student Joseph Teakle who has raised money for PMH.
He spent time there after being hit by a car in 2011.
Recovered, he ran the HBF Fun Run recently to raise money.
Y10 student Joseph Teakle who has raised money for PMH. He spent time there after being hit by a car in 2011. Recovered, he ran the HBF Fun Run recently to raise money.

In doing so, the 15-year-old ” who sustained severe injuries after being hit by a car in 2011 ” raised more than $3500 for Princes Margaret Hospital.

Jo spent three months at PMH receiving extensive medial care, and undergoing physiotherapy, occupational and speech therapy.

‘When I had my accident, PMH helped me to recover quickly so I wanted to do something in return for them,’ he said.

‘The run was tiring and there were some parts where I felt like my feet were about to collapse, so I used my mum’s shoulder for support.

‘When I turned the corner towards the end, there was a giant festival of people cheering.’

Jo shared his fondness for Schwarzenegger.

‘It was getting boring in the hospital so I looked up Arnie quotes, which were hilarious to me,’ he said.

‘I tried to repeat them ” including ‘I’ll be back’ ” but it was difficult for me talk so it wasn’t easy, but I kept trying to repeat them.’