Kirrily Dear is on a remarkable journey. Over the past 15 years she's created success in business as the leader of a Sydney-based marketing consultancy and also found her stride as a long distance runner and figurehead of the charitable association, Run Against Violence.
Run Against Violence is a volunteer-based association focused on starting conversations about family violence prevention. The mission of the Run Against Violence is to engage all Australians in a positive conversation about family violence and to remove the stigma and barriers that prevent people asking for help.
The association's major fundraising event is a long distance charity run led by Kirrily who will undertake an epic 1300km journey on foot over the course of 18 days from Broken Hill to Sydney. Watch the video preview below for full details.
Running for a cause is not a new concept for Kirrily, who completed an 860km White Ribbon Ultramarathon in 2014 to raise awareness for regional domestic violence. Once again, Kirrily is laser-focused on maximising the impact of this run to raise awareness and start more conversations about domestic violence in Australia and particularly its impacts on children.
The trip has been a long time in the making but Kirrily is ready to go. No doubt we'll be hearing more about her story in the coming weeks as she completes her epic run. Good luck Kirrily!
Getting involved in the Run Against Violence
While not everyone can run 1300 kilometers in 18 days, most able bodied people can probably run 7km per day for 18 days if they pushed themselves - well, at least that's Kirrily's thinking - and we tend to agree!
To this end, she's setup a virtual challenge online in which teams of 10 can register to race her as she accumulates 1300 kilometers on her journey from Broken Hill to Sydney.
The virtual challenge begins on 30th August (alongside Kirrily) and continues until 17th September at 9am when Kirrily will arrive into Sydney and finish her adventure by participating in the Family Fun Run at the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival.
You can register a team online and help raise money for Run Against Violence - already 100 teams have registered for this year's event.
Gone Bush and friends join Kirrily on her Run Against Violence
Gone Bush Adventures has registered a team to race Kirrily on the 1300 kilometer journey and involves each participant in the group running a minimum of 7 kilometers per day for 18 days. The team is also raising funds to support Run Against Violence.
On September 14th, the Gone Bush team will be joining Kirrily as she begins her crossing of the Blue Mountains via the historic Six Foot Track.
Running along Black Range Road from Oberon, our team will run alongside Kirrily as she descends the Black Range and heads up the Megalong Valley towards Katoomba. The next morning, Kirrily will continue east descending the Blue Mountains via Andersons/Oaks Trail until she reaches Penrith by sun down.
It's our privilege to be able to run alongside Kirrily on this adventure and we sincerely hope our collective efforts will make a difference for Run Against Violence and domestic violence in Australia.