From Aurukun to Broome, from Canberra to Doomadgee, the Indigenous Marathon Foundation has programs operating in towns and cities, and remote and regional centres.
There are IMF 'Deadly Runners' training in Australia's vast interior, running laps of Thursday Island's 5km ring road and sharing city paths with cyclists. The race towards good health is fast gaining momentum.
"I have had opportunities that I would not have had otherwise. We have to be committed and work hard to receive these opportunities. IMF has made health initiatives accessible in the most remote locations, for young and old."
Bianca Graham, 2011 Indigenous Marathon Project runner, Weipa, Qld.
Established by world champion marathon runner Rob de Castella, IMF uses running to inspire positive change, promote healthy lifestyles and build pride and self-belief among Indigenous people. IMF operates four key programs across the country-
Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP): 12 young men and women are selected annually to train for six months to run an international marathon
Indigenous Communities for Activity and Nutrition (I-CAN): Establishes programs and builds running and fitness tracks in remote schools to encourage school attendance and healthy living
Deadly Running Australia (DRA): Trains local Indigenous running coaches and leaders in communities who deliver fun runs and regular running sessions for all ages and abilities
FrontRunners: Offers pathways to community development, education and employment for those connected with the Indigenous Marathon Project.
"My mother was part of the Deadly Runners, and I wanted to train and run with her. My girls love to run in the fun runs as well, which makes me so proud. So now there are three generations running and staying healthy in our group."
Lisa Fensom, Deadly Runner, Queanbeyan, NSW
How does your donation help?
"Our research suggests that investment in one Indigenous Marathon Project participant results in improved health and wellbeing outcomes for at least eight additional people. This is a conservative estimate." Social Ventures Australia, 2018
The IMF has a long-term vision that requires the support of the nation. Our mission is to establish a culture of distance running in Indigenous Australia, and through it build strength, resilience and the power to inspire others. We rely on the generosity of the community, government and corporate organisations to ensure the sustainability of our programs.
"IMF has given me the inspiration and self-belief to follow my dreams and to be proud of who I am and proud of my culture."Korey Summers, 2012 Indigenous Marathon Project runner, Alice Springs, NT.
To find out more about the Indigenous Marathon Foundation, visit our website at imf.org.au or call 02 6162 4750.
Together, we can provide a healthy future for Indigenous Australians.
How does this redemption work?
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