Mt Pleasant student to run for Around the Campfire


Rob Abrahams prepares for the HBF Run For A Reason. Looking on is his uncle, an Around the Campfire representative. Picture: Bruce Hunt d481466
Rob Abrahams prepares for the HBF Run For A Reason. Looking on is his uncle, an Around the Campfire representative. Picture: Bruce Hunt d481466

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.

To donate, visit www.mycause.com.au/page/171333/half-marathon-charity-run-for-indigenous-health-care-awareness.

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