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Call for supporters to join the domestic violence service Canberra Marathon team

Domestic Violence Crisis Service 3 February 2020
Domestic Violence Crisis Service

DVCS team members get to enjoy Canberra’s popular running festival while contributing to an important cause. Photo: Supplied.

Adults and kids are being called on to join the Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) team running in April’s Canberra Marathon Festival to raise awareness and funds for a vital cause.

Adults and young people can sign up to participate in the 5km, 10km, half marathon, marathon or ultra-marathon.

This year, DVCS is also hoping a big team of children will participate in the Kids Mile. Is your child interested?

First time entrant TJ is running in the 5km race with family members and supporting his younger cousins in the Kids Mile. Together they hope to raise $1,500.

“Running in the 5km is a personal challenge for me and something I have started training for,” TJ said.

“I can’t wait to cheer on my little cousins in the Kids Mile. We are part of the big DVCS family and are keen to support the work DVCS does for our community.”

Adults who take part are encouraged to commit to raising $300 for DVCS via EverydayHero. Once that target is achieved they will receive a complimentary DVCS running singlet or shirt.

All people who fundraise for the organisation will qualify for access to the exclusive DVCS marquee over the weekend of 4-5 April. The marquee includes chairs, blankets, water, fruit, lollies and a place to store your gear while you run. It is also a meeting place for family and friends.

Additionally, runners will be able to access the exclusive DVCS runners closed Facebook group and get a 10 per cent discount code on registration.

The top fundraiser receives a double pass to the DVCS Gala Ball on 16 May 2020.

Peta is a keen runner who has committed to running 2020km during 2020 and raising $5000 for DVCS. One of her first big races will be the half marathon.

“I was little nervous about fundraising at first. I was worried about what people would think,” Peta said.

“Was I hounding them too much? It wasn’t a problem at all. You never know who will be interested in donating, don’t be shy.

“I love to give back to the community. I wish my mum and family had help from an organisation like DVCS when I was younger. The support I get from DVCS when I fundraise is next level. The atmosphere is fun and everyone is super supportive.”

Emma is running in the 10km race and fundraising for DVCS for the second time in 2020.

“I like that I can run anywhere there is a path, and a nice view! I try to get out in the morning, it sets my mood for the whole day,” she said.

“My first race was City2Surf. The atmosphere of running with 80,000 people made the race seem easy. It was so much more fun than I had expected.

“I’m fundraising for DVCS because I want to make a contribution financially and help raise the profile of this essential service. I am motivated to train by the hard work and dedication of the staff who work there. I find most people I engage with about fundraising are happy to support this incredible organisation.”

DVCS is a non-government organisation based in the ACT that relies heavily on the support of the ACT community to provide access to emergency accommodation, security upgrades and other client supports for those who have been affected by family or domestic violence. This includes people who might be displaced in the ACT, including those who are visiting the terrritory.

DVCS acknowledges the impact the bushfires have had on the community emotionally, physically and financially, and do not want people to experience fundraising fatigue, which is why we have reduced our minimum target from $500 in 2019 to $300 this year.

To find out more information, please visit the DVCS website: https://dvcs.org.au/get-involed/events/


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