Chiko Wins 'Most Inspiring' Award at the Chinny Charge

For me, victory lay within the mindset to never give up.

Chiko Wins 'Most Inspiring' Award at the Chinny Charge
Those who say it can't be done are usually interrupting their limits of what can be done. If you can do your little bit of good where you are, it is those little bits of good put together that can empower the world. If it doesn't make the world better, don't do it. Not only for myself but others sharing the journey of the mountain, I felt so overwhelmed and empowered by my accomplishment. During the run, I just kept pushing through the mental challenges. The pain, the sweat and suffering, it was all present. We all endured so much. When you think it's all over, it's just begun. Keep rolling with the punches. For me, victory lay within the mindset to never give up. Whatever life throws at you, hit back harder and no matter what, keep coming back stronger. Running the Chinny Charge was a huge achievement for me. I was so worried about whether I could make it or if it was dangerous as so many people said how steep it is and that I need to be very careful. Even though I injured my ankle when running the goat track in Byron Bay, I believe if you don't test your limits you may never know what you are capable of.

Most Inspiring Award

Penned by Rhys "Chiko" Marin of Off The Street On Our Feet, this photo captures the moment of Chiko's inspiring award win. Chiko, a survivor of heroin addiction, two strokes and severe brain damage, has faced monumental challenges in relearning basic skills such as speaking, thinking, walking and motor skills after a coma induced by his last heroin hit approximately eight years ago. However, with the support and training provided by Off The Street On Our Feet, he has conquered 10km runs, a half marathon and now the ascent of Mount Chincogan, defying his own limitations while empowering those around him.

The community takes immense pride in Chiko's achievements, and we extend our heartfelt appreciation to Janelle for hosting such a remarkable event and for her unwavering support. Additionally, we'd like to express our gratitude to the dedicated staff at Fletcher Street Cottage and Gary from the Byron Bay Runners club, who lent their physical support to Off The Street On Our Feet, many of whom reached the summit alongside Chiko. To stay updated on Chiko's inspiring journey, please feel free to follow him on social media under Off The Street On Our Feet.

Support the Team

If you're interested in supporting Off The Street On Our Feet, you can now connect with them on social media. Additionally, you can join their running sessions at Fletcher Street Cottage in Byron Bay every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 6:45 am. OTSOOF are determined to tackle homelessness head-on and create a brighter future for those in need. The Chinny Charge event was another important step in their journey towards a more compassionate and inclusive society.

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