Med students run for leprosy cure

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Good cause . . . University of Otago second year medical students (from left) Sophie Mills, Luke Orange and Sam Verschaffelt ran the half marathon to raise money for The Leprosy Mission. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON

Three University of Otago students who ran the Dunedin half marathon are hoping to help cure people with leprosy.

Second-year medical students Sam Verschaffelt, Sophie Mills and Luke Orange ran the half marathon on Sunday to raise money for The Leprosy Mission.

The mission is a global fellowship which aims to eradicate leprosy.

Verschaffelt, a youth advocate for the Leprosy Mission New Zealand, said the money raised would be used to help young people with the infection in Nepal.

There were eight other youth advocates in New Zealand and collectively, they aimed to raise $30,000 – about $3300 each.

He said the event was “fantastic”.

“It was a beautiful day.”

It was the first time he had done a 21km event, and he surprised himself by finishing in under two hours.

Mills said she enjoyed the atmosphere in Forsyth Barr Stadium at the end.

“It was wicked.”