As a keen sportsman, physical education teacher and person that’s passionate about injustice, I (Trent Raddatz) decided to combine my passions to make a difference. Having only started riding a road bike in November 2012, I quickly found myself combining my joy for running and swimming to give Triathlons a go. Up until now, I’ve only competed in sprint triathlons and a team Olympic race, so this is a challenge that I’m taking on, but I’m loving it!
Having recovered from a serious neck injury 10 years ago where I dislocated my neck waterskiing, I know what it means to have the odds stacked against me. From learning how to walk and swim again, it was a very humbling experience and it’s something that I’ve learned so much from. It was from this moment in my life that I wanted to do MORE for others and help those in need.
Currently, in my teaching position at Genesis Christian College in Brisbane, Australia, I have the privilege of leading students in areas such as social justice. Last year, the students raised over $7500.00 and this year they have raised over $9,000.00 AUD for Destiny Rescue – a non profit organisation that is dedicated to rescuing children from human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
helps rescue the sexually exploited and enslaved, restore the abused, protect the vulnerable, empower the poor and are a voice for children that can’t speak up for themselves. They provide kids rescued from sexual exploitation a safe, loving home to grow up in, medical care, counselling, schooling, vocational training and all daily needs required to be successfully integrated back into society.
They also help protect vulnerable children from being trafficked. They offer them financial assistance, a good education, vocational training, and, in some instances, a place to live. It is for these reasons that I aim to raise a further $4000 on top of the $9000 already raised by Genesis Christian College to completely pay for a much needed renovation of a Prevention Home in Chang Rai, Thailand.
So I’ll be doing 3 events in the next 10 weeks in which I hope we can raise the much needed funds to complete this project. The first event is “Tough Mudder”, the second will be the most challenging in completing my first 70.3 Ironman Triathlon in Mooloolaba, and finally a Sprint Triathlon event with family, friends and colleagues – all in the name of Destiny Rescue.