On My Feet co-ordinator Alana Kildea. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d453227
THE Rockingham On My Feet program is for homeless and long-term unemployed participants to achieve self-sufficiency.
The aim of the group is to provide pathways to education and employment, based on a commitment to running over an extended period of time.
The Rockingham group meets at Anniversary Park and has been going for about a month.
Co-ordinator Alana Kildea said participants attended more than 90 per cent of the runs in the first month.
“They have received St John Ambulance training and a brand new pair of shoes,” she said.
One of the participants said On My Feet was awesome.
“I’ve met some great people who give up their time to become walking and running partners,” he said.
“My self-worth and fitness has improved.
“I could barely jog 20m when I first started and last week I found myself running 1km without stopping to walk.
“It felt great.
“On My Feet has particularly improved my mental health.”
Ms Kildea said the group went for runs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Barbecues and social events are at the end of some runs.