RUNNING enthusiast Nathan Johnstone has three extra special reasons to pound the pavement tomorrow.
His three children have had multiple experiences at Ballarat Health Services Base Hospital over the years so, for him, Run Ballarat is supporting a particularly worthy cause.
One hundred per cent of all registrations for the event will go towards the redevelopment of the Ballarat Base Hospital Children’s Ward.
Mr Johnstone will use tomorrow’s fun run as a warm up for the Melbourne Marathon and his children will be at the forefront of his mind over the 12-kilometre course.
“I love running and this is pretty close to our hearts having had our kids in there,” he said.
Two of the Johnstone children were born at the Base and later spent time on the children’s ward.
When eldest son Archer, 4, was born in 2009, he was hospitalised for six nights due to a low platelet count.
The family had several other stays over the years for various conditions, including a nasty bout of gastro just before Archer’s first Christmas and when the youngest, Addison, eight months, was hospitalised after suffering from fits.
“In all of the interactions we have had with the Base, we have had complete confidence in all of the staff and they are fantastic and understanding of your situation – especially when you are concerned about your children,” Mr Johnstone said.
“I have only positive things to say about them and I think Run Ballarat is supporting a fantastic and necessary cause.
“We are very grateful to have happy and healthy children as a result of their help.”