by Kristine Winter, Deputy General Manager, Townsville Correctional Complex

On Thursday 14 April, Custodial Correctional Officer and endurance athlete, Sarah Wiese, spent 12 hours running laps of the Townsville Women’s Correctional Centre (TWCC) raising money for the Heart Foundation.

Staff have been right behind Sarah in her quest to raise funds and awareness about the possible effects of heart disease on any person at any age.

The cause is close to Sarah’s heart after her husband underwent emergency cardiac surgery last year. Despite his healthy lifestyle (he had only four weeks earlier completed an Ultraman event), heart disease struck him out of the blue, proving that it can affect anyone at any time.

Sarah was able to run 87 laps of the TWCC perimeter in the 12 hour period, which is equivalent to 87 kilometres. In addition to raising much needed funds, her run was in the lead up to her participation in the Ultra 100 event that was held on 11 May, where she joined her father in trekking 100 kilometres through the Blue Mountains in New South Wales.

Staff and prisoners raised more than $1,100 with all funds going to the Heart Foundation.

You can still support Sarah in her Ultra 100 quest by making a donation to the Heart Foundation online at Everyday Hero: