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South Australians are invited to run, walk, or stroll a 4km round trip along the shoreline from Grange to Henley and back on Sunday 20 March to support and empower women who have left domestic violence situations.
Hosted by the Zahra Foundation, the run is a chance for the community to come together in solidarity and raise money for the unique charity. The charity focuses on assisting women build their lives after escaping abuse, above and beyond crisis services.
The Foundation offers unique empowerment programs, specialised financial counselling, one-off grants and skills workshops to help abuse survivors enrol in study, find work and plan their future.
Demand for Zahra Foundation programs and services has increased by a staggering 26% during the COVID-19 pandemic. Returning for its 7th year, the run now hopes to raise $50,000 to accommodate for increasing needs.
“Recovery of domestic violence is a journey that the Zahra foundation takes with a woman, in providing tailored services to and pathways to employment, education and financial independence,” said Zahra Foundation General Manager, Kelly-Ann Tansley.
“Financial insecurity is a driver for women returning to violence. On average it takes seven attempts to leave, so if we can wrap support around women with a focus on their own future that includes financial security, then we know we can break the cycle,” said Kelly-Ann.
Zahra Foundation programs and services focus on re-building self-esteem, decision making and finding financial security for a safer future.
“Our $50,000 target would ensue that many women would access to safe and practical help in recovery,” said Kelly-Ann.
Zahra Foundation Chair Natasha Malani explained it’s a great opportunity for those who want to do something, but don’t know where to start.
“This run brings like-minded people together to not only raise vital funds, but to send a message that we will support women who are recovering from abusive relationships.”
Sunday March 20, 2022
8am for a 9am race start
Grange Jetty Reserve (Opposite the Grange Hotel)