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Ultra Desert Run to Fundraise for NVRI's
Nicola Family Fund

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The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) is delighted to announce that long term supporter of the National Vision Research Institute (NVRI, an ACO division), John Nicola of Optique Line, is completing the Marathon des Sables for the second time in 2016 and has committed his fundraising efforts to the NVRI. 

About John

John is passionate about running and has already competed in several marathons including  the “ultra” run, the Marathon Des Sables.  Indeed John was to undertake the run in 2015 however he was forced to withdraw from the race for personal reasons. The funds raised by John, during the run up to the 2015 event, were used to establish the Nicola Family Fund, a capital fund that exists in perpetuity to be a permanent reminder of the family's support of vision research.  The inaugural recipient of the Nicola Family Fund Award in 2015 was the NVRI's Senior Research Fellow, Dr Hamish Meffin.

About the Marathon des Sables

The Marathon des Sables (Marathon of the Sands) is a 254km (200 mile) race in the Sahara desert. Known as the toughest footrace on earth, competitors complete the run over six days,  enduring temperatures of up to 120 degrees carrying all that they need for the week long journey in their backpacks, with the exception of the 120,000 litres of water consumed by the competitors, which is provided along the route by the 100 on course support staff.  The 2016 event will be the 31st year that the run has taken place. 

The ACO relies on the generous support of donors to continue its important work and we are extremely grateful to the intrepid John for making this further commitment of support to the NVRI!  




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