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 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) -Kata Tjuta National Park was handed back to the original Anangu people of Uluru and the area became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The values and striking beauty of one of the world’s oldest living cultures makes this marathon around Uluru that much more about ‘connecting’, than ‘conquering.’
Why Asylum Seeker Resource Center (ASRC)?
I also 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 on Nauru are subject to harrowing physical and emotional abuse by service and health care workers, leading to widespread self-harm and suicide, even among children.
We need to support the Asylum Seeker Resource Center (ASRC), the largest human rights organization of its kind in Australia. The ASRC currently offers over 40 holistic programs for refugees and asylum seekers, including healthcare and psychiatric services, food and material aid, and reintegration training workshops. Join me as I run in support of the ASRC and in solidarity with the asylum seekers on Nauru island.
Join me on my journey to support the Asylum Seeker Resource Center in Australia.