Quoted with permission from the News Section of the Rapid Ascent Website https://www.rapidascent.com.au
Stories From Our Humble Volunteers shines a spotlight on some of the extraordinary stories of our humble volunteers. In the first of many articles to come we let Kester Baines take the reins and tell his story. Kester has volunteered with Rapid Ascent since inception in 2004. An incredible effort to say the least. Read on to find out what drives Kester to keep coming back to our events year after year.

It All Started With The Melbourne Marathon

I run for many reasons, some of which were not obvious to me when I started!

When I was doing my naturopathic course back in the late 1970s, one of my fellow students was a marathon runner. We stayed in touch and I went to watch him finish in the 1987 Melbourne Marathon. I found I loved the atmosphere, the spectacle, and the inspiration of seeing “ordinary” people pushing beyond their perceived limits to achieve a personal goal.

Despite my then sedentary lifestyle, I started to run, initially gasping my way around the block for ten minutes. Towards the end of 1988, I completed my first Melbourne Marathon. At that time, the race was from Frankston to Melbourne, with the finish line outside the Arts Centre. The feeling of exhilaration, on making the turn out of Fitzroy St and onto St Kilda Rd, and the sense of knowing that nothing was going to stop me now, is something I will never forget.

Until you have done one, you’re never sure that it’s possible for you! More prosaically, I like to keep fit, be an example to my clients, enjoy the camaraderie of events and the solitude of running in training—time to think or zone out, especially in natural surroundings.


Kardinia Rotary Club meets Wednesday mornings at 7am for a breakfast meeting at the Highton Bowls Club, Corner Roslyn and North Valley Roads, Highton, Geelong.

Our Club prides itself on being hardworking, friendly, inclusive and responsive to the needs of others in our local & global community and Rotary programs. Informality, fellowship and fun are integral to the success of our Club. We welcome visitors who want to come and join our meeting to see who we are and gain a greater understanding of what Rotary does. We regularly have interesting guest speakers who present on the causes they support, on community events and on projects or global initiatives.
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Wednesdays, 7am for 7.15am
Highton Bowls Club
Corner Roslyn and North Valley Roads,
Highton, VIC  3216
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Postal Adress:
PO Box 768
Belmont VIC 3216
Rotary Club Number 28907
Chartered June 22, 1992
Incorporated Association A0027707F
Registered Fundraiser 14432
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