Mums’ marathon ef­fort

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

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.

Pic­ture: Tim Mayne

Perth mum Mag­gie Giles, Iron­man cham­pion Guy An­drews and McKin­lay Mayor Belinda Mur­phy and her ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant Linda McNab.

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