It didn’t take Milton resident Chad Harper long to raise $1,000. He did it in a flash – – two days to be exact. Then in a week he’s tripled his pledges to $3,000 for Team Unbreakable programs.
The father of two teenagers took the Unbreakable 1000 Challenge in June and agreed to run 1000k to raise $1,000 for CameronHelps’ programs. With his objective met so quickly and rising, he’s setting his sights on a bigger goal. “Well, I surpassed the $1,000 goal in two days so I have since increased it to $10,000. Might as well make it a challenge – even if it takes me four years!” Chad says.
That goal shouldn’t be too difficult for the athletic and fit former Milton firefighter. He has a black belt in Judo and Karate and has run marathons, as well as racing in mountain bike and cross country ski events (including a 90 km ski race in Sweden in February). “I’m in the gym three days per week for strength training so I would say I’m well rounded athletically,” he says.
Chad has coached children for many years and sees the importance in helping them improve their self-esteem and confidence. He is a coach for the Karate club, the Fighting Griffin, of Milton.
He is participating this year in the Team Unbreakable Father’s Day run with his son this year and heard about the Unbreakable 1000 through the web. “The cause will support someone close to me. The news of the recent youth suicides in the Woodstock community underscores the importance to doing more to help our young people,” he adds.
He says a lot of his sponsorship support is coming from his work colleagues and business associates. Chad is a Vice President of Confederation Freezers in Brampton.