Leaving big footprints across Gippsland

FAMILY, friends and supporters will be out in force on Saturday to welcome runner Kain Jackson as he makes his way into Sale after his extraordinary efforts for the Footprints Foundation.

His run into Sale will be the culmination of the equivalent of 10 marathons in 10 days, and locals are being invited to run the last stretch with Kain as he makes his way around Lake Guthridge.

Kain’s goal was to raise awareness of the foundation and show families living with cancer that there were people around who were happy to help.

Since launching the event, he has been overwhelmed by the support received from local businesses, individuals and politicians.

Running from Sale to Briagolong and then through Boisdale, Maffra, Heyfield, Cowwarr and Glengarry before travelling along the Princes Highway to Drouin, he experienced the warmth of the Gippsland sun before running into the wind and rain as he reached Poowong and Leongatha.

Suffering from blisters and a detached toenail, Kain has been buoyed by signs of support along the roadside, which included pink and blue balloons along the main street of Maffra and an excerpt from the Footprints poem made into a large sign as he ran towards Poowong.

He and co-founder of the foundation, Nicole Jackson, have been overwhelmed by the messages of support received on the foundation’s Facebook page and are hoping this support will translate to volunteers to assist with the services provided to families currently undergoing treatment for cancer.

The foundation strives to help families through people volunteering their time to provide support services including garden and lawn maintenance, house cleaning and cooking meals On Saturday, Kain and his team will run from Woodside to Sale to arrive about 1.30pm.