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Ron Clarke

 

Ron Clarke is a real Australian legend. He has been instrumental in assisting Jesuit Social Services in establishing its country program centre at Alexandra and we are pleased that he has accepted our invitation to be the guest speaker at our Annual Dinner in June of this year.

Ron enjoyed one of the most illustrious careers in world long distance running. In a span of eight years on the international circuit he broke 18 official world records and, for a period of seven years from 1965 to 1972, held every world record from the two miles to the one hour run. No athlete in history has matched this feat.

Employed as an accountant during his athletic career, he spent thirteen years in London establishing one of Europe's largest and most successful chain of fitness clubs. In recent years, he has developed a very successful holiday resort on Stradbroke Island and a community, sports and medical centre on the Gold Coast.

Last year, Ron and his wife, Helen, returned to Melbourne to establish the Council for the Encouragement of Philanthropy in Australia, the CEPA Trust, one of the world's most innovative philanthropic organisations, of which Ron is President.