Pushing for gym

December 04, 2017

Huge effort: Simon Gilboy left) pushed a ute 50 km during a weekend in October to raise money to build a gym at a drug rehabilitation facility in Kyabram. He organised a two-hour ute push event at Shepparton’s Emerald Bank recently.

Simon Gilboy continues his push to buy a gym for Kyabram Teen Challenge, hosting the inaugural community Ute Push event at Shepparton’s Emerald Bank recently.

Mr Gilboy said teams used a utility vehicle as a relay baton where they pushed for two hours.

‘‘Over two hours they had to push as far as they could,’’ he said.

‘‘They ended up pushing 16km, so that’s about from Mooroopna to Tatura.’’

The personal trainer began his fundraising journey this year when he spent a weekend pushing his ute 50km.

The voyage symbolised Mr Gilboy’s battle to beat a drug addiction he had fought with for years.

Telling The News his story in June, he said 10 years ago he fled his hometown of Sydney after years of a heavy amphetamine addiction he feared would soon cost him his life.

He packed all his belongings into his run-down ute to drive to Kyabram’s Teen Challenge, in a last-ditch attempt to get clean.

But when the car broke down in regional NSW, and with no money, no phone reception miles from the nearest town, Mr Gilboy began pushing his vehicle.

‘‘It was my Shawshank Redemption moment; you know, you either get busy living or get busy dying,’ he said.’’

About 20 participants walked in Mr Gilboy’s shoes at the recent push event and Mr Gilboy said he hoped it would grow in popularity in the years to come.

He said they raised $1500 at the event, bringing the fundraising total to $20000 for the $250000 gym.

‘‘I’d really like to thank Olivia from Southern X Austereo for all her help promoting the event,’’ Mr Gilboy said.

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