Yet another local champion, Rob Hopkinson, made waves recently, causing an overflow of support for those involved in Small Steps 4 Hannah. Living a double life as a pharmaceutical company worker and a notoriously talented Ultra Marathon Runner, Eatons Hill local Rob saw a chance to bring generosity to the table.
Every year, Rob runs marathons to support one charity that tugs on his heart. But not only does Rob run for charity, the 46-year-old often runs in marvellous costumes! All the more to put smiles on our dials. This year, his choice was Small Steps 4 Hannah—a foundation that seeks to end cycles of domestic violence and be the guiding light for those who need the confidence to act.
When asked what pushed him to fundraise for SS4H, Rob revealed, ‘Having female friends that have gone through the experience of domestic violence motivated me, but so did the loss of 4 beautiful souls. Seeing Lloyd and Sue and how they are so strong and willing to make a difference for the future was enough motivation to help them as much as I can.’
So, earlier in 2021, Rob reached out to the Small Steps 4 Hannah to ask if he could raise funds for their cause. Little did the foundation know, Rob’s idea of fundraising was to run 100km through the Blue Mountains, scaling a whopping 4,400 metre elevations along the way!
To most people, this ‘fun run’ sounds anything but fun. To Rob, however, it was all in a day’s work. After less than 16 hours, he was crossing the finish line wearing a grin the size of the Nile. Later, Rob met with Lloyd and Sue at Hannah’s place to hand over the funds he raised along the way—an incredible total of $10, 581.
Small Steps 4 Hannah were not able to thank enough neither Rob nor his sponsors; 12RND fitness, Bed Monkeys, Specfurn, Belle Property Redcliffe, Beenleigh Mufflers, Brakes and Mechanical, TEEfit Fitness and MBM Insurance Solutions.
What’s more, the local community have rallied together in Rob’s Facebook comment section to show their gratitude. ’Rob, what sensational effort and admirable gesture. You are very much appreciated. Thank you so much for your contribution to this important work,’ reads one of the many lovely comments.
If any more hearts out there are feeling a little tugged on right now, or want to support Rob’s continued efforts, he is always looking for raffle items, sponsorships, etc. To give him a bell, check out his Facebook page Run with Rob, or call him on 0466 744 416.