NYC run for charity

Organiser of an outdoor movie night fundraiser and taking part in the NYC Marathon later in the year, Julie Meek.
Organiser of an outdoor movie night fundraiser and taking part in the NYC Marathon later in the year, Julie Meek.

But this is not any ordinary quest, as Julie is taking on the run for charity, intending to raise $10,000 for Amnesty International.

The Scarborough mother-of-three and dietician to WA Olympic athletes has successfully run seven half-marathons, but this will be her first full 42.2km event. She said she was inspired to take on the NYC Marathon by its name recognition.

‘I have always wanted to tackle a marathon but didn’t want to take on just any event,’ she said.

‘And I realised I wasn’t inspired to complete a marathon to simply tick it off a list of things I’ve done, so the fact I’ve been able to enter the New York City Marathon by raising money for charity has given me the motivation I need.’

Ms Meek said she respected the work done by Amnesty International in defending the rights of people around the world and fighting injustice, and will hold a fundraising movie night in Gnangara on April 13. ‘There are so many people in this world who don’t have basic human rights or live in constant fear for their lives,’ she said.

‘I am one of the lucky ones who has enough money to eat healthy food, the right to speak my mind and the freedom to do what I wish.

‘The movie we’re showing actually features the NYC Marathon. It’s called Run, Fat Boy, Run and it’s a comedy about a man training for a marathon to win his girlfriend back. To buy tickets, visit juliemeek.com.au/marathon.