For 19 days in 2017, solo ultra marathon runner, Kirrily Dear, ran 1300 kilometers from Broken Hill to Sydney to give a voice to the often silent victims of family violence. Thousands of participants joined a virtual running challenge to race her as part of the fundraising efforts.
Family and domestic violence is increasingly being recognised as the social challenge of our time. Public conversation around the issue is building and Kirrily created a way to get involved in many conversations that have led to individuals wanting to take action on the issue.
Chris & Kylie Brown from Port Patios met Kirrily Dear in her last 5km of her 1300 journey. Chris & Kylie participated in the virtual challenge as part of a team of 10 . After joining the run Kylie spoke to her husband Chris about becoming a major sponsor for the documentary and they also hosted the first public viewing here in Port Macquarie as part of the Port Macquarie Running Festival 2018.
It was really important for us to be part of this project both as participants in the virtual run and as a sponsor. We wanted to assist in getting the message out there in the community.
We look forward to joining in again this year in November & December, 2019.
The Steps Together Ultra Marathon is a documentary that follows her journey and shows how one person's determination to take steps can make life better for others.
Port Patios were proud sponsors of the documentary and hosted the first viewing in Port Macquarie at the Port Macquarie Running Festival in 2018.