RUNNING FOR UNCLE: Shannon Pratt, from Byron Bay, will be running over the Sydney Harbour Bridge this month, and raising money for The Uncle Project. She is pictured with Uncle co-ordinator Chad Kolcze. Photo Contributed.
RUNNING FOR UNCLE: Shannon Pratt, from Byron Bay, will be running over the Sydney Harbour Bridge this month, and raising money for The Uncle Project. She is pictured with Uncle co-ordinator Chad Kolcze. Photo Contributed.

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BYRON Bay’s Shannon Pratt is taking on the big coathanger with a pair of running shoes and all for the sake of Uncle.

The 24–year-old, who is studying to be a personal trainer, will take part in the 9km Sydney Harbour Bridge Run on September 18, which is part of the Sydney Running Festival.

And she is doing it to raise funds for The Uncle Project in Byron Bay, which offers boys who don’t have a male in their life a positive male role model.

Shannon has a friend who is a single mum with a four-year-old son.

“She’s doing it tough,” Shannon said.

“To see that my friend’s child may have the opportunity to have an Uncle is great.

“To have that influence for a boy while they’re growing up is important, I believe.”

The bridge run is the first race Shannon has ever entered, admitting she wasn’t very fit when she went through high school.

While now she says making the 9km distance won’t be a challenge, she has set herself a goal of completing the run in 30 to 35 minutes.

The run starts at Milsons Point on the northern side of the Sydney icon, and finishes at the Sydney Opera House.

The route takes in Macquarie St, and Shannon joked she may leave a flyer in the gates of NSW Parliament House.

And that’s because co-ordinator of The Uncle Project, Chad Kolcze, said the organisation didn’t receive any government funding, but relied on the support of local businesses and the community.

The Uncle Project was established in Byron Bay by Michael Light 14 years ago.

The organisation currently has 23 volunteer Uncles who meet up with the 28 boys on the books for group activities, like building billy carts for the annual Bangalow derby, and one-on-one time as well.

Shannon has organised a raffle to raise money for Uncle, with the Green Garage, Byron Bay Beauty, Knead it Now Massage, Wellfit Personal Trainers and Sean Latham Photography donating prizes.

You can buy tickets at: Spirit Health Club; Green Garage; Byron Bay Trading Company; Cafe 111; and Byron Youth Service’s Youth Activity Centre.

The raffle will be drawn on September 10 at Byron’s Main Beach barbecue area after the Uncles and boys finish a surfing outing with the BlackDog surfing group.

Get involved

For more information on getting involved with The Uncle Project, phone Chad on 0408 675 598 or see the website www.uncle.org.au.


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