Raising awareness for a cause I care about

53080946_1607250050749137_r.jpegSunday 13th December I will be up at 4.30am. I will be running from Manly, on Sydney's beautiful Northern Beaches, heading north to Palm Beach - Home and Away country. I am creating awareness and raising money for Raise Foundation, a youth wellbeing charity.

"Waste of a Good Walk"
53080946_1607250086268298_r.jpegFor anyone who lives in Sydney you will know the "Bloody Long Walk". My event will travel a similar path, except longer, a run and completed in the reverse direction! By the time I have finished I will have run 42.2km.

I had planned to run Noosa, Blackmores and other official events this year although COVID put pay to that... So undettered, I will run the "15 Beaches Marathon"...

There will be no PB's for this event, with four decent climbs, starting as I "RAISE!" up over Queenscliff at the north end of Manly beach. As such three times the experience of Sydney's City To Surf, Bondi Beach run.

One could do nothing...

I had the fortune to take part in an all day mentor training session with Raise Foundation last year and discovered all of the activities they were invested in for youth wellbeing. Last year it was well reported on the Northern Beaches about some very unfortunate statistics about youth suicide. Raising three young boys of our own, doing nothing no longer presented as an option...


More information about the RAISE FOUNDATION: Raise - The Youth Mentoring Foundation. Raise foundation impacts the well-being of young people at risk of disengaging through early intervention mentoring programs in schools and in the community. We put into practice the idea that it takes a village to raise a child and we believe that every young person in Australia has the right to feel heard, valued and supported. We envisage a powerful mentoring movement creating thriving communities across Australia.


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James Boocock 
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