Five-year-old Jonah Caoyonan with his mother Kelley and baby brother Crispin, one. Jonah will run in the 2km event at the Gold Coast Airport Marathon to raise awareness of his brother’s battle with congenital heart disease.
Five-year-old Jonah Caoyonan with his mother Kelley and baby brother Crispin, one. Jonah will run in the 2km event at the Gold Coast Airport Marathon to raise awareness of his brother’s battle with congenital heart disease. Marc Stapelberg

Boy, 5, to run marathon for charity

IF YOU spot Jonah Caoyonan running around the lake at Baywood Chase in Suffolk Park, you’re not watching a typical five-year-old boy running just for fun.

You’re witnessing a young athlete training for a marathon.

Jonah is preparing to run in the two-kilometre event of the annual Gold Coast Airport Marathon on July 3-4.

He was inspired to enter after his baby brother Crispin’s battle with congenital heart disease.

Crispin was born with the life-threatening illness, which is the greatest killer of Australian children under the age of five.

“I want to help raise money for other children who have heart problems like my brother,” Jonah said.

His mother, Kelley, a physical education teacher at Byron High, said Jonah understood how important it was to raise money for Heart Kids, a national not-for-profit charity that had helped their family.

“He’s been present through all the tough times and feels very strongly about taking part in the event to help other families,” Ms Caoyonan said.

“You are not responsible for the hand that life has dealt, but you can have a say in how you play it.”

Ms Caoyonan will join Jonah in the event, taking on the gruelling half marathon, while husband Alvin will be participating in the 10-kilometre run.

“We’re quite an active family anyway, but we have been preparing for the marathon,” Ms Caoyonan said.

“Even Jonah has been going for a few runs and walks.”

So far, Jonah and his family have raised $1800 through raffles and various local sponsors, but aspire to raise more for the worthy cause.

“Six babies a day are born with a heart condition, so any donations will greatly aid Heart Kids,” Ms Caoyonan said

“There’s still four more weeks until the marathon, so hopefully we will raise more money in that time.”

To sponsor Jonah, donations can be made directly to: www.heartkids.org.au.

Alternatively, you can contact Ms Caoyonan on 6685 4638 or 0402 808 836.



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