While some of us have a goal to run a marathon at least once in our lifetime, Dani McLaren has set herself the goal to run seven marathons in seven days across seven states next month.
The Point Cook mum will run the gruelling seven marathons when she takes on the Bravehearts 777 Marathon in June as a national runner on her quest to raise awareness and $10,000 for the organisation, which is dedicated to making Australia the safest place in the world to raise a child.
Bravehearts is Australia’s leading charity dedicated to educate, empower and protect children from sexual assault in our society.
McLaren runs an average of 90 kilometres a week in preparation for the event and believes the challenge to tackle this ultimate test of endurance for the third time is a small contribution compared to the pain and trauma suffered by survivors of child sexual assault.
“One-in-five children will experience some form of sexual harm before their 18th birthday,” she told Dscribe
“As a parent and as a teacher, I have a duty of care to raise awareness of this, it’s about the fundraising but at the end of the day, we’re doing this to make a difference to the lives of children.
“I’ve raised over $25,000 in the last three years and another $10,000 this year would be great, by doing the 777 Marathon for Bravehearts it shows the kids that there are positives and there are people that care for them, there is hope.”
Geelong Bravehearts Education Program Coordinator Mandy Berry said funds raised by the 777 Marathon would subsidise the Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure education show provided by the organisation.
“It’s not easy to run seven marathons in seven days and for people like Dani who are running for Bravehearts, we admire them so much and we really appreciate the amount of money they raise,” she said.
“And not only is it raising money, but it’s raising awareness and empowering the community for a problem that wasn’t talked about in the past, but with people helping in the community now, they realise that working together can make a difference.”
The Bravehearts 777 Marathon kicks off on June 26 in Perth and continues to Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, Kingscliff and concludes on the Gold Coast.
Before she retires the running shoes, McLaren aims to do another four 777 Marathons with the goal to raise $77,000 for Bravehearts.
For donations go to Bravehearts website.