TEENS & RUNNERS PAVING THE WAY TO PREVENT SEXUAL ASSAULT & FAMILY VIOLENCE
From a lone woman running across the outback to a group of coastal teens creating a hip hop song, the aim is the same:
let’s get everyone in Australia talking about family violence and what it means to have a healthy relationship!
Australian runners and walkers alike are invited to participate in the 4th annual Run Against Violence Virtual Team Challenge,
a nationwide movement to raise awareness of family violence by running 1300 kilometers.
Registrations Open: Monday 28 June 2021
Challenge Starts: Anytime Monday 30 August 2021
Challenge Finishes: Midnight Friday 17 September 2021
In 2020 the challenge raised $120k and had 3,000 participants. This year, the goal is $180k and 5,000.
Together with Brad Smithers, Kirrily Dear (pictured right) established the charity Run Against Violence in 2015.
The RAV Virtual Team Challenge was established in 2017 in conjunction with Kirrily’s solo run from Broken Hill to Sydney
which was held over 19 days, the 1300km solo run brought people together from throughout regional NSW
to raise awareness about family violence and its impact on the community.
Kirrily says RAV highlights family violence is a significant problem in our communities.
“Our virtual run equates to 1.7 million steps. 1.7 million is the estimated number of Australians who experienced physical abuse before the age of 15*.”
Run Against Violence is a volunteer organisation whose purpose is to end the silence
through starting constructive and comprehensive conversations around family violence.
Says Kirrily, “Our job is to engage the broader community in conversations about family violence
to reduce the stigma and isolation people who have lived with domestic and family violence.
When that stigma is removed people then share their story, reach out for help.
We deliver awareness campaigns and community activities in order to create the platform for these conversations around family violence to be heard”.
During the challenge, teams of up to 20 people will walk or run in their local area. Daily uploads of their distances onto an online tracker keeps them in the competition. The tracker collects and collates each team member’s distances so the participants can watch their team track across the map from Broken Hill to Sydney.
To be successful, the team is required to cover 1300km in the 19 days of the challenge.
Broken Hill to Sydney