ELLENBROOK resident Himanshu Vassanpal took part in the Perth Mint Gallipoli Run to honour Australian veterans.
Mr Vassanpal, who was one of this year’s ambassadors for the run, took part as a way to show respect to veterans and better assimilate into Australian culture.
Mr Vassanpal immigrated to Australia from India in 2015 and said he wanted to do something to give back and show respect to the country which had accepted him and his family.
“This country has given me a lot of things, with the main thing being a better life,” he said.
“I decided to take part in the run to pay respect to this country and the people who made it safe for all Australians.”
Mr Vassanpal took part in the 8km run through Kings Park on Sunday, with proceeds from the race going to RSLWA and Legacy WA.
He said since living here he had endeavored to embrace every opportunity to learn about Australian culture, with his ultimate goal to give back to his new home and commemorate the Anzacs.
“It was also an opportunity for me to learn more about Australian culture and the price that was paid for freedom,” he said.
“I feel so grateful to be part of this country now and I wanted to take the opportunity to show that.
“To take part in the run was a great experience, with so many other Australians paying respects.”