MT PLEASANT resident Robert Abrahams has always loved running but every step of his May 27 journey will hold extra meaning with a new cause powering him along.
Mr Abrahams will tackle the Run for a Reason’s half marathon, using the 21km challenge to raise money for Around the Campfire.
The not-for-profit group aims to improve the health of indigenous Australians across the country and unlock opportunities for them.
“My uncle suggested I raise money for Around the Campfire when I told him I wanted to run the 21km event on behalf of a charity,” Mr Abrahams said.
“Upon doing some research of the organisation I was shocked to view a damning statistic – the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is approximately 14 years.
“This to me is unacceptable and I thought that by running the half-marathon I could literally emphasise the importance of health care and physical sporting activities for Indigenous communities.”
The University of Notre Dame student said the group was a big boost for people in remote communities because it brought healthcare to isolated areas.
The 18-year-old has a strong block of training behind him, having previously run for Wesley College’s cross-country team for several years, undertaking his own regular long-distance runs and through his work as a field umpire for the Western Australian Football League.