Creator: Jo-Ann Weaver
Close at Thursday, 30 January 2014
GO JO GO for IMP
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My new found passion of running and my long term connection with Indigenous Communities has inspired me to bring the two together to support the Indigenous Marathon Project Footprints Fundraising Program.
I started running just a few years ago after making a healthy decision that I wanted to be fifty and fit not fifty and fat! In my short running career I have run 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012 Adelaide City to Bay 12km, 2010 Port Pirie Masters Games 5km & 10km, 2010 Pichi Richi 10.5km, 2010 & 2012 Barossa 10km and 2012 Melbourne Half Marathon and 2013 Hobart Half Marathon 21.1km.
This year I decided to participate in running events to raise crucial funds for Rob de Castella's Indigenous Marathon Project. The project annually unearths long distance running talent and uses the marathon as a tool to change lives. Young Indigenous men and women are given the opportunity to establish their own sense of self-worth by completing a marathon. Participants also complete a Cert IV in Health and Leisure to instill healthy lifestyle benefits back to their communities.
After a nomination and selection process, a squad of Athletes are chosen and given the opportunity to RUN in the New York Marathon...SWEAT out 9 months of training...and INSPIRE Indigenous Australians to be healthier.
I set my fundraising target for 2013 at $5000. This amount will get ONE Athlete to New York and back home!!
So far this year I have Run and Sweated my way through Hobart Half Marathon Jan 13th, Barossa Half Marathon May 26th, and Gold Coast Half Marathon July 7th. I still hope I have a few more runs in me for the rest of the year including the City to Bay September 15th. It is Inspiring for me knowing that I am not just running for myself but helping others in their running journey and on the road to New York.
I am very fortunate to be supporting and mentoring one of the 2013 Squad Members, Charmaine Patrick from Ntaria (Hermannsburg). Charmaine is a beautiful lady, single mum, who gave up smoking as soon as she started running. We had a great time in Ntaria in May when Rob De Castella, Laura Oldfield and Amanda McPherson came to the Community to meet Charmaine, her family and her Community.
Meeting up with all the IMP Squad and Team in Gold Coast was another highlight of my running year. Seeing how proud and excited they all were when they completed their first Half Marathon and the smiles on their faces for what they had just achieved was so inspirational for me. I feel so proud and happy that we are helping these great men and women to achieve their goals to run in the New York Marathon and then go back to their Communities to inspire other men and women to be healthy and happy.
Please support me, and by doing so support this great cause.
THANK YOU & CHEERS
Jo Weaver Barossa Valley S.A.