Scott Guerini’s mother never thought her four-year-old son would follow through with his grand plan to help sick children.
He was tiny, barely as tall as her legs, so how would he walk 25km from the family farm to the sports oval in the middle of Southern Cross?
Clearly, he had been inspired by his kindergarten group’s fundraising efforts for needy children. He kept asking his mother, Michelle, for permission and she kept turning him down.
It was an admirable idea but it seemed he was getting a bit ahead of himself. Until she decided to let him try.
- Watch Scott taking to the open road in 2017 in the video player above
“He surprised everyone. He made it in eight hours and 45 minutes,” Mrs Guerini said.
“No one met us at the oval. We didn’t organise anything because we didn’t think he’d make it.
“We apologised and told him we shouldn’t have been saying he can’t do it. I said ‘If you want to keep doing this we’ll help you’.
“Those kindergarten lessons planted the seed for him and got him thinking about what he could do. He’s always been a very deep thinker and it must have just really resonated with him.”
Now in his first year of high school, Scott, 12, has raised more than $145,000 for Telethon through annual walks.
He completed his fifth marathon in June.
Last year, he had a book published called Did You Know You Can Change the World? All proceeds have gone to Telethon.
At Telethon Weekend next week, he will tackle his second 50km treadmill challenge to add to his fundraising tally compiled through the year. He will follow that up with a walk of at least 21km on the Sunday.
Scott’s long-term goal is to raise $1 million for Telethon by the age of 90. His mother knows better than to doubt him.
“I’m going to keep doing this for as long as I can,” Scott said.