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Reward for Marathon effort
A staff member from Emerge and her partner recently ran in the October Melbourne Marathon to raise awareness and funds to tackle domestic violence.
They started out bright and early to fresh, sunny skies on the 42.195km Marathon route which starts at Batman Avenue in the CBD and ends at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Team Emerge were among more than 6000 runners completing the Marathon, making it the largest in Australian history.
Sporting Emerge T-shirts with the slogan ‘Let’s Break the Cycle of Violence’, our runners were approached early in the run by a midwife from South Australia. Commenting that she encounters a lot of domestic violence in her work, she congratulated our runners on bringing the issue to light. Sadly, the statistics reinforce the midwife’s experience: a 2006 survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed that 36 per cent of women experienced domestic violence when pregnant and 17 per cent of those women experienced violence for the first time when they were pregnant.
After the run, Team Emerge were exhilarated – if a bit stiff and sore – and thrilled to have raised $992 for Emerge’s art therapy program. Many thanks and congratulations to our runners for all their hard work in running the marathon and raising funds and community awareness. And a special thank you to all those who sponsored them.