Dr Michael Bonning has always had an interest in social equality and a passion for improving the lives of others.
And it is this passion that is the driving force behind Dr Bonning’s decision to participate in the Gold Coast Marathon this weekend. Together with 150 medical students, Dr Bonning will be ‘Running for a Reason’ – that reason being to raise money funding for an Indigenous child health project at Campbelltown’s Tharawal Aboriginal Medical Service.
Dr Bonning has been advising the project for a number of months and helping to source sponsorship as well as fundraising himself.
Dr Bonning joined the Australian Defence Force in 2005, attracted by the humanitarian opportunities and his belief that before improvements can be made to an individual’s healthcare, they must first live in a community free of violence.
After completing his medical training in Queensland, he moved to Sydney to undertake specialist training to become a general practitioner with local general practice training provider, GP Synergy.
It has been as part of this training that he has had the opportunity to work at the Thawaral Aboriginal Medical Service.
“I have always had an interest in Indigenous health due to the pronounced gap in the life expectancy and healthcare for Indigenous people,” Dr Bonning said.
“Working at Thawaral Aboriginal Medical Service has been excellent experience, and provided the opportunity to develop rich relationships within a great community of people.
“By participating in the Gold Coast Marathon, we will be raising money to develop an innovative and unique program to encourage local Indigenous families to regularly visit their GP, improve immunisation rates and promote school attendance,” he said.
The Gold Coast Marathon is being held this weekend, 6-7 July 2013. For more information about The ‘Run for a Reason’ campaign, please visit: http://runforareason.org.au