The amazing little boy who’s been changing the world since he was four

While most 11-year-old boys are flipping bottles and ranking their FIFA teams, Scott Guerini is walking marathons – yes, marathons – to raise money for Telethon, WA’s annual fundraising event for sick children.

Scott started walking for charity in 2010, when he was just four years old. Since then, he’s raised an astonishing $112,000 for Telethon – a figure that is continually increasing thanks to Scott’s dedication to fundraising.

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In the seven years since he started walking, Scott has proven himself tireless in his quest to raise money for sick kids. Photo: Facebook

“I wanted to help the sick kids and babies”

“It all started in four-year-old kindy, when I learnt about fundraising,” Scott explains. “It got me thinking about what I could do to help and who I could help. I wanted to help the sick kids and babies, and the hardest thing I could think of doing was walking from my farmhouse in Southern Cross to the town, which was 25km away.”

When little Scott announced his plans to parents Nicole and Gary, their response was one of surprise and cynicism.  

“When Scott asked if he could walk to town, we said no,” Nicole recalls. “We said it was too far, it was too hard, he was too little. But he asked every morning for two weeks, until we gave in, thinking he probably wouldn’t make it all the way anyway. But yeah, he surprised everyone!”

Scott adds: “It was pretty hard, but I did it in eight hours and 14 minutes, and raised just over $3,000.”

The next challenge? Double the distance

The following year, when he was five, he walked the same distance, and again when he was six. At seven, he upped the ante, and walked 41km. Since then, it’s been full marathons all the way. Last year, he even roped in little brother Damien.

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Rather than try to beat his previous year’s time, Scott slowed his pace so that he could finish with his little brother, Damian. Photo: Facebook

“When I grow up I want to be a paediatric doctor”

“Damien was seven at the time,” Nicole says, “and he says he’s not going to walk another marathon until he’s 21!

“Scott walked with Damian the whole way, although he slowed Scott down a little. We said to Scott, you can either slow down so that Damien can finish too, or you can speed up and try and beat last year’s time, because that’s always his goal.

“Scott said, ‘That’s okay, I’ll slow down and walk with Damien,’ so they finished together at 12-and-a-half hours.”

Last year, Scott also completed his first international walk, when he hiked 82km along the Berg Lake Trail in the Canadian Rockies. Equally as impressive, he’s just written and illustrated his own book about changing the world, which he’ll donate the proceeds of to his beloved Telethon.

As if he’s not doing enough good in the world, Scott wants to be a paediatric doctor when he grows up.

“He came with us to Damien’s 18-week ultrasound when he was two, and told everyone that he was going to be a baby doctor. That’s never changed,” Nicole says.

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Scott decided he wanted to be a “baby doctor” when his mum was pregnant with younger brother, Damian. Photo: Facebook

Scott is well on his way to changing the world

In the meantime, Scott is focused on raising money for Telethon, and encouraging others to change the world. He speaks publicly about the difference people can make, and has even chatted to Malcolm Turnbull, Julie Bishop and Kerry Stokes – offering them his business card for future reference!

Scott’s got a very clear vision of his goal, and is helped along the way by his amazing parents, along with business coaches such as Barry Magliarditi from The Game Changers, who mentors him one-on-one, and the team at Hancock Creative, who provide social-media mentoring.

Together with a supportive community and incredible family, Scott is well on his way to changing the world.

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Scott draws his own novelty cheques to present to Telethon7 Perth each year. Photo: Facebook

“I have to keep kicking the brick walls down”

This year, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Telethon, he’s planning on walking 50km in Perth, along with his annual marathon. It’s a massive feat, but Scott is unfazed.

“I think about all the babies and the sick kids that I’m helping, and the thought of that keeps me walking.

“I think about walls that I have to get through, and I imagine me kicking them down. That’s the hardness and pain gone,” Scott adds.

“I have to keep going to help the sick kids and babies, and I have to keep kicking the brick walls down.”

While most 11-year-old boys are flipping bottles and ranking their FIFA teams, Scott Guerini is walking marathons – yes, marathons – to raise money for Telethon, WA’s annual fundraising event for sick children.

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