Runners put foot down against violence

Fundraiser co-founder Kirrily Dear will be run off her feet attending events across the Limestone Coast this week.

For the past five years, local residents have travelled the extra mile for the fight against violence, joining runners and walkers from around the world to Run Against Violence (RAV).

Teams of up to 20 join forces to travel 1300km in just 19 days to raise much needed awareness for domestic and family violence.

The community event encourages participants to be active, form bonds in the community and reach out to people affected by violence, while giving those in need a supportive community to reach out to.

Ms Dear will visit Mount Gambier, Millicent, and Penola, starting at the Penola Primary School on Wednesday, April 13 to teach kids how to use running as an outlet and who to turn to if they do not feel safe at home.

On Wednesday she will also join Penola residents for a community run and that evening there will be a dinner open to everyone at the South Aussie Hotel which includes a screening of the RAV documentary, with Ms Dear and some of the local RAV team attending.

Walkers and runners will meet at the Rail Lands entrance on the corner of Bay Road at 7am on Thursday, with an open invitation to take part in a runner’s group at the Railway Lands at 5.30pm.

On Friday there will be another community run/walk at 10am and the following Saturday Ms Dear will join the Mount Gambier Park Run.

The local RAV team challenge will be starting on August 30.

Contact Belinda Seaman on 0439 081 092 to register for any of the events or for more information.

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