TWO Tamworth women will participate in an awareness run to give the silent victims of domestic violence the courage to raise their voice.
Rebecca Linich and Kate Bricknell will participate in the Run Against Violence in different capacities.
They will join ultra marathon runner Kiralee Dear on her 1300km journey from Broken Hill to Sydney in an awareness run against domestic violence.
Mrs Linich, joined by her dog Tucky, will participate as a support runner, while Dr Bricknell has assisted in the publicity of the event.
The two local women want to raise awareness and encourage young people experiencing the impacts of domestic violence to speak out.
Mrs Linich was impacted by domestic violence as a child and said she wanted to reach out to others. The registered nurse will also provide medical support on the run.
“I have a personal story that is quite resounding and fits very well in with this,” she said.
“I want to show the kids that you can have this dreadful thing happen in your childhood but you can still grow through it and still function as a well adjusted person.
“They can speak up and there is help out there.”
Mrs Linich said she heard about the run by chance through a good friend and said “that’s something that I need to do.”
Dr Bricknell had been following the White Ribbon related events Kiralee Dear had been involved with for some time and said the idea for the awareness run was sparked from a simple question.
“She (Kiralee) had a realisation that the face of domestic violence, being the adults, has behind it – the children,” she said.
“It started to raise the question with the team, where is the voice for the kids?
“But also for the children who have it not in their own homes but whose friends are suffering from it. It’s not just the children who are directly exposed to domestic violence it’s the child sitting next to the child who is angry all the time and nobody knows why they’re angry.
“The impact is a ripple effect from the actual violence event.”
The duo will head off on their journey at the end of August and their mission and message has garnered support from the local community.
While the event is mostly to raise awareness, donations of fuel cards for the journey are appreciated.
Community members can also take part in their own ‘virtual challenge’ whereby teams of up to 10 friends can race against Kiralee and beat her across the line.
Those interested in participating in the challenge or finding out more about their journey can visit the Run Against Violence website.
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