Australia Outback Marathon
Why Ayers Rock, Australia?
Very few places remain as untouched and distinctively wild as the burnt-orange Australian Outback landscape; a part of the world so unbelievably empty, yet so full of history with generations of travelers, settlers, and indigenous people crossing the land. It’s been 30 years since the land of Uluru (or Ayers Rock) was handed back to the original Anangu people of Uluru and the area was declared both a natural and cultural World Heritage Site. The unique experience of being enlightened by the values and striking beauty of one of the world’s oldest living cultures will allow for this marathon around Uluru to be that much more about ‘connecting’, than ‘conquering.’
Why Asylum Seeker Resource Center?
I also come to run in Australia to shed light on the appalling neglect of refugees in the country’s offshore processing center camps on Nauru island. The refugees and asylum seekers being held on Nauru are subject to harrowing physical and emotional abuse by service and health care workers, leading to widespread self-harm and suicide, even amongst children currently detained there.
This is why we need to support the initiative and movement behind the Asylum Seeker Resource Center (ASRC), the largest existing human rights organizations for people seeking asylum in Australia. The ASRC currently offers over 40 holistic programs for refugees and asylum seekers, including health care and psychiatric services, food and material aid, as well re-integration training workshops. Join me as I run in support of the ASRC and in solidarity of the asylum seekers on Nauru island—an unfair imprisonment of innocent human beings that should shock the conscious of every global citizen