Fired up for marathon ef­fort

Melville Times - - News -

MT Pleas­ant res­i­dent Robert Abra­hams has al­ways loved run­ning but ev­ery step of his May 27 jour­ney will hold ex­tra mean­ing with a new cause pow­er­ing him along.

Mr Abra­hams will tackle the Run for a Rea­son’s half marathon, us­ing the 21km chal­lenge to raise money for Around the Camp­fire.

The not-for-profit group aims to im­prove the health of In­dige­nous Aus­tralians across the coun­try.

“My un­cle sug­gested I raise money for Around the Camp­fire,” Mr Abra­hams said.

“Upon do­ing some re­search of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, I was shocked to view a damn­ing statis­tic: the life ex­pectancy gap be­tween In­dige­nous and non-In­dige­nous Aus­tralians is ap­prox­i­mately 14 years.

“This to me is un­ac­cept­able and I thought that by run­ning the half­marathon, I could lit­er­ally em­pha­sise the im­por­tance of health care and phys­i­cal sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for In­dige­nous com­mu­ni­ties.”

The Univer­sity of Notre Dame stu­dent said the group was a big boost for peo­ple in re­mote com­mu­ni­ties be­cause it brought health­care to iso­lated ar­eas.

To do­nate, visit­­marathon-char­ity-run-for-in­dige­nous-health-care-aware­ness.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt d481466

David Bergl with Rob Abra­hams, who will run a half­marathon to raise funds.

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