Beaudesert teams "Do it For Doreen" in Run Against Violence

DOING IT FOR DOREEN: Beaudesert RAV teams join forces for a memorial walk. Photos: Larraine Sathicq

DOING IT FOR DOREEN: Beaudesert RAV teams join forces for a memorial walk. Photos: Larraine Sathicq

TWO teams in Beaudesert have signed on the complete the 2021 Run Against Violence, vowing to run or walk 1300 kilometres between August 30 and September 17.

The virtual challenge aims to start a conversation around family violence prevention, an issue of growing concern in Beaudesert.

On Saturday the two Beaudesert teams joined forces to complete a five kilometre memorial walk in honour of domestic violence victim Doreen Langham, who perished in a house fire at Browns Plains along with her ex partner earlier this year.

Ms Langham was a friend to many in Beaudesert.

The walk was a tribute to Doreen Langham, who lost her life earlier this year.

The walk was a tribute to Doreen Langham, who lost her life earlier this year.

Beaudesert personal trainer Mandy Willis put together a team of 18, many of whom take part in training sessions at Jubilee Park.

The team is called Go Run.

"Many of the ladies would never in a million years have thought they would take on a running challenge," she said.

"But a lot of them are getting out every day for this.

"It helps that we're doing it as a team and we quite often do group walks."

The second team, The Go-Go Girls saw three local men jump on board with 17 women to raise awareness of an issue which has made an impact on families in Beaudesert.

Group spokeswoman Melissa Frazer said along with the men, Zac, Aaron and Dave, The Go-Go Girls were honoured to take part in the memorial walk, which would see the team complete their 1300 kilometres well ahead of time.

"We are just everyday mums who wanted to join the fight against domestic and family violence," she said.

"Some of the girls got some kilometres in by heading out together after they dropped the kids at footy practice.

"We're all exhausted and some of us have blisters but will continue until September 17."

The Run Against Violence was born in 2017 when solo ultramarathon runner, Kirrily Dear, ran 1300km over 19 days from Broken Hill to Sydney

The aim was to give a voice to the often silent victims of family violence. ran 1300km from Broken Hill to Sydney to represent victims of family violence.

That run was followed the same year by a Broken Hill to Sydney Virtual Challenge.

A survey showed 59 percent of those who joined the event had more conversations and 58 per cent said they shared more stories and articles about family violence prevention.

Run Against Violence works with the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect to provide education to teenagers around respectful relationships.

Funds raised Funds are invested in training for the Love Bites program and other community-focused programs throughout Australia.

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