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Tackling Heartbreak Hill with a hard hat and high vis vest

A tough hat-wearing, excessive vis-sporting opal miner isn’t the primary individual you’d anticipate to identify working up Heartbreak Hill. However James Caruana is able to defy expectations.

The 25-year-old miner, who usually works on opal fields at White Cliffs in northwest NSW, will probably be one in all tens of 1000’s of runners on the City2Surf enjoyable run subsequent week. And he’ll do all of it in his full mining uniform: thick boots, a security helmet, and an extended sleeve excessive visibility shirt.

James Caruana hopes “doing something hard” will encourage fans to “do something easy” and donate.

James Caruana hopes “doing one thing laborious” will encourage followers to “do one thing straightforward” and donate.Credit score:Wolter Peeters

He admits working 14 km in such a uniform is an odd alternative – however his motives are as pure because the gems he finds within the floor. He’s working to lift cash for the Royal Flying Physician Service, the free air service that transports sufferers in distant elements of the nation to medical care.

“I’ve form of at all times had a ardour for wanting to assist individuals in my life … and I’ve at all times needed to lift cash, however I haven’t actually ever identified tips on how to do it,” he mentioned.

Race ready: Caruana is running in his high-vis outfit at the City2Surf.

Race prepared: Caruana is working in his high-vis outfit on the City2Surf.Credit score:Wolter Peeters

However since showing on the Discovery program Outback Opal Hunters, he’s developed a modest following (“each time we get all the way down to Bunnings we get heaps of individuals [coming up to us] which is form of surreal as a result of we stay out within the desert many of the 12 months”) and is asking his followers to dig deep for the trigger.

“Now that we’ve been on this TV present, we’ve obtained a number of folks that observe us. I assumed that if I am going out and do one thing tough I would be capable to get a little bit of consciousness,” he mentioned. “Folks recognise me in my mining gear [so] doing one thing laborious will make them take into consideration doing one thing straightforward, donating a bit of cash to charity.”

He’s additionally encouraging followers to donate by shopping for an opal, 20 per cent of which is able to go to a charity of their alternative.

And the coaching? Since giving up beer and beginning yoga, he reckons doing fairly nicely.

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