Mums’ marathon effort
awareness about child protection.
Nedlands mother Maggie Giles said she hoped she was helping protect her own children as well as many others.
“For me, it is about talking to our kids about being aware,” she said.
“The more we talk and the more disclosure we have with our kids, the more they will realise there is someone they can trust to talk to and that if they are put in an uncomfortable situation, they can say no.”
Mr Andrews helped initiate the series of runs, after meeting Bravehearts chief executive Hetty Johnston.
“I heard Hetty Johnston speak, which was very confronting about why she started Bravehearts,” he said.
“I felt really uncomfortable about listening to the topic of child sexual abuse, but it’s good that you become uncomfortable because then you talk about it.
“You cannot think that it happens to other people; you need to be aware of it and that is why I became involved in it and set up the marathons.”
Belinda Murphy, the mayor of McKinlay Shire in remote northwest Queensland, flew in with her executive assistant Linda McNab and Ms McNab’s police officer husband David to join the run.
The Queensland trio said they were inspired to run and raise funds after hearing about the case of missing boy William Tyrell.
Perth mum Maggie Giles, Ironman champion Guy Andrews and McKinlay Mayor Belinda Murphy and her executive assistant Linda McNab.