THE members of a Rockingham running group that works to help homeless people have been training hard to take part in the Rotary Beachside Festival fun run being held at Safety Bay on March 26.
The On My Feet team, comprising homeless and long-term unemployed people and volunteers, has been training three times a week along the foreshore.
The program was started in Rockingham last March by volunteers Trish Chesters and John Nielsen and uses running to empower participants.
“On My Feet is a not-for-profit (group) that uses running to help those experiencing homelessness and long-term unemployment to change their outlook so they can make decisions that result in better life outcomes,” Mr Nielsen said.
“Running provides an ideal environment for our participants to develop greater independence, self-worth and a sense of purpose by building discipline, commitment, determination, perseverance, resilience and a positive attitude.”
Five participants and volunteers will be taking part in the Safety Bay run.
“Three are doing the 5km event and two the 10km event,” Mr Nielsen said.
“Entering the event has been an important step for On My Feet Rockingham as it has given our participants something to aim for.
“Our participants have shown great commitment to the training program and our sense of team spirit and shared achievement through working towards a common goal has grown enormously.”
One of the participants, Steven, has racked up 300km since he started with the program.
Another runner, Deolan, said he enjoyed going for a run to help with anxiety issues.
The group is looking for more volunteers to help out. Visit www.onmyfeet.org.au.