Shoes For Planet Earth and the Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) are joining forces to send shoes to the local communities around Australia.
IMP was started by Robert De Castella – AKA ‘Deek’ – one of Australia’s greatest ever marathon runners, and the current holder of the Oceanian record for the fastest marathon. IMP uses the marathon as a vehicle to promote healthy lifestyles to Indigenous and Torres
Strait Islander people.
The Project annually selects a group of young Indigenous men and women to complete
the New York City marathon with just six months of training, using running to try and change lives. The core running squad push their physical and mental boundaries to a whole new level, and after crossing the finish line of the biggest marathon in the world, they know they can achieve anything. These runners are trained to become healthy lifestyle leaders by completing a certificate III in Community Recreationwith a focus on Indigenous Healthy Lifestyles.
Runners become role models within their communities and are leaders in the promotion
of health and physical exercise to address the high instance of chronic disease, such as
diabetes heart disease and renal failure.
We’re very proud to be part of this great initiative here at Shoes For Planet Earth. You can follow all of the progress from IMP at their Facebook.