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Jake’s family and friends were proud of his amazing efforts.Young Jake Harrington set himself a goal of walking 1km in the HeartKids NSW Big Steps for Little Hearts walk in Canberra.
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He also set himself a goal of raising $800 to help send another family to a HeartKids camp next year.

The inspirational 11-year-old from Yass has well and truly exceeded his expectations.

Jake proudly smashed his goal of walking 1km out of the 2.1km HeartKids walk around Canberra’s Weston Park on October 11.

It was a remarkable achievemant for the little boy who was born with a rare genetic disorder, called Alagille Syndrome, that has mainly affected his heart and resulted in him requiring an oxygen tank for his whole life.

Jake has also raised more than $8000 for HeartKids, a charity that supports young people touched by childhood heart disease, which means 10 families can go to the camp he fell in love with in 2014.

Jake Harrington proudly walks hand in hand with his little sister Emily in the HeartKids NSW Big Steps for Little Hearts walk in Canberra on October 11.

“My goal was to walk 1km out of 2.1 km. I reached and passed my goal. It was amazing. My legs and feet were very sore but I feel so proud of myself,” Jake wrote on his fundraising website.

Jake and his family and friends prepare to cross the finish line of the HeartKids NSW Big Steps for Little Hearts walk.

“My fundraising goal was to send one family to the HeartKids family camp and now I can send ten families.”

Jake’s biggest supporters – his parents Lorraine and Greg and siblings Lachlan and Emily – walked every step of the way with him, while extended family and friends were also there to help him cross the finish line.

“One of the teachers at Jake’s school (Berinba), Sharon Kemp, was inspired by Jake and what he was doing and she had a running joke with Jake that he was going to kick her butt,” mum Lorraine said.

“So she made a shirt with a target on her back and wore it on the day. He ended up kicking her butt!”

Jake was supported by Berinba teacher Sharon Kemp who wore a custom-made shirt with a target on her back. It was a running joke between the pair that Jake would “kick her butt.”

Jake’s courage and determination has touched many in the Yass Valley community with the vast majority of his donations coming from local people.

“At the last check, 95 per cent of people who donated were local,” Lorraine said. “That’s pretty amazing. Local people have really got behind him.”

Berinba had an out-of-uniform day the week prior to the Big Steps for Little Hearts walk and raised $862 and the Bowning and District Lions Club donated $400.

Jake is now the highest fundraiser in NSW and the ACT and has been rewarded for his efforts with a special invitation to a HeartKids camp in November.

“He is extremely excited he gets to go to two camps in the one year and he still wants to raise more money,” Lorraine added.

Jake experiences immense joy from attending the family camps, which also provide meals and activities for his siblings, as they miss out on regular holidays.

“Last year I went to my first heart kids family camp. It was amazing. Filled with lots of fun. The other kids did not stare at me because of my oxygen. They all accepted me for who I am, not what l look like,” Jake said.

To hear more about Jake’s journey or support his cause visit https://bigstepsforlittleheartsnsw.everydayhero老域名出售/au/lorraine

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