The Just Like Jack's Point to Point to Pinnacle fun run team battled Monday's cold conditions, but were warmed by the cheers of primary school pupils.
The second day of the run kicked off at Royal Park, which was a place of great significance for the Just Like Jack team after two years of tireless fundraising resulted in the purchase and development of an all-abilities carousel in 2019.
As the team reached Elphin Road just before 10am they were greeted by hundreds of pupils who had lined the footpath outside of Scotch Oakburn College's junior school campus to cheer the group on.
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Among the crowd, Just Like Jack ambassador Sam Penny was shouting encouragement to one of his best mates, Chris Duffy, as he pushed Jack along.
Mr Penny, who is the co-founder of online food collective, Artisans Bend, as well as a main sponsor of Just Like Jack's latest gruelling endurance initiative, revealed that the volunteer-run organisation had already raised $12,000 in just one day, and appealed to the public to follow the lead of early donators and support the cause.
"If we can raise the awareness for kids just like Jack, but also raise some funds so that we can purchase more equipment, like running chairs, it will ensure that we can get more families participating," he said.
The event served as a homecoming of sorts for Just Like Jack team member Tim Bristow, who is a grade five teacher at Scotch Oakburn College's junior school.
"It was really nice to see some of the kids I teach come out and cheer us on," he said.
About seven and a half kilometres later, in front of the Youngtown Fire Station, the team were joined by a friend of Mr Duffy's, Roger Brown, who had hardly trained for the event, but nonetheless managed to complete over two thirds of the run with them.
Shortly after, the familiar sound of cheering children could be heard once again as the group arrived at Perth Primary School where scores of pupils were all screaming words of support and encouragement.
Here, Jack was joined by fellow Just Like Jack member Evan Gillie who was pushed alongside the group for 500 metres in a Just Like Jack running chair.
When Jack and the crew had finally reached Epping Forrest, it had been six-and-a-half hours since they began running and a whopping 48 kilometres had been traversed.
Mr Duffy said it had been a long day and that some of the team members were feeling a little tight, but said overall the day had been another successful outing
"Jack loved it, which is all that matters, and there was heaps of community support again too," he said.
The group will start Tuesday at the Confessional cafe at Epping Forest and are aiming to finish up, over 35 kilometres later, in Ross.
To donate, visit justlikejack.com.au.
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