About 2 years ago I made the decision to partner with The Run Beyond Project as our principle charitable partner.
This is an organisation that is staffed solely by volunteers and works with high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds: refugees, and those experiencing social and economic disadvantage and family violence.
Through the use of running they are able to learn about goal setting and resilience. The participants build for themselves a cycle of achievement. They start small with simple goals such as turning up to training, and as they build their strength and fitness their confidence grows till they are confident to tackle their goal race. Often this goal race is a half marathon - a significant achievement for most adults but even more so for teens with no background in running. The great thing about this is that the confidence carries over into everything else they do.
On Thursday I was delighted to be able to present a cheque for $10,000 to David Criniti, the founder of Run Beyond. This represents a grant from the Future2 Foundation, the charitable foundation of The Financial Planning Association of Australia, and it is the second year it has been awarded to Run Beyond.
This grant will provide the opportunity for another 35 kids to go through the program.
I’ve been privileged to meet and speak to a number of the participants, and I know the difference it is making in their life, the lives of their families, and that of their fellow students.
If you know a teacher working in a high school that has disadvantaged students and who has a love of running, Run Beyond is looking to expand and add more schools to the program. If they contact me I will pass their details onto David.
Thank you for your continued support of our business, which allows us to continue supporting them.