FOR ultra-marathon runner Billy Tindall, the thought of jogging from Melbourne to the Sunshine Coast is far easier than the thought of public speaking.
The former Golden Glove boxing champ from Caboolture is nearing his final preparations for his 1800km run as he hopes to raise $100,000 for the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.
He's currently tracking 40km per day, while working as head pharmacist at Jadin Chemist Morayfield and being a dad to his two-year-old son.
His training is only going to ramp up as he nears the September 25 start date, but the thing that most worries Tindall is spruiking his own cause.
"It's definitely more challenging than the training itself,” he said.
"I find the running the easier part, because I know what I need to do and it's only a matter of going out and doing it.
"The other stuff is out of my comfort zone - I've just got to remember it's all about keeping kids safe.”
The Beachmere Tavern is hosting a gala dinner night sponsored by the Moreton Bay Regional Council to help raise money for the cause.
Close family friend Tanya Rowley has been tasked with helping Tindall promote the run and dinner and says he's one of the most humble people she's met.
"Well I wasn't really surprised when he told us; that's just the type of person he is,” she said.
"He's so dedicated; nothing will stop him. "We're so proud of everything he's done and to put himself out there like this.”
Division 3 councillor Adam Hain has helped organise the event and said there was no way he was letting Tindall pay for the trip's expenses.
"Billy was looking to fund himself; he shouldn't have to pay for fuel, food, accommodation,” he said.
"We look after our own; it's our shout, son. We'll pay for you to get there and then the rest of Australia can raise the money.”
The gala dinner will include comedy from Linsdey Webb and music by Innocent Eve from 6pm on August 2.
There are a few tickets available at $150 per person or $250 per couple by calling 5429 0122.
You must donate through the link below or else Tindall won't be credited for the donation - www.danielmorcombe.com.au/fund raiser/event/ultra-marathon-for-daniel.
Tindall is in need of a campervan for him and his support team.