Four ‘ordinary working mums’, brought together by a shared love of running, will traverse 250km across the desert for JDRF in the Big Red Run.

Liz, Kylie, Kim and Nikki, all from Kyabram in regional Victoria, are currently juggling training with jobs, family and of course, their fundraising goals. Liz spared some time out of her busy day to tell us all about it…

Kylie saw an advert for the Big Red Run, which takes place across the Simpson Desert, starting and finishing at tiny Birdsville in outback Queensland. We decided it was a bucket list item we had to have a crack at. We all wanted to do something big, and the Big Red Run, which involves five nights of desert camping, is the only event of its kind in Australia. It’s definitely going to be a mentally and physically challenging event in that I am NOT a camper, I am particular about my food; but I am excited to get to know the real me out there.

Since taking on this challenge we have become quite the media buzz around our home town. We have been on the Shepparton WIN news, featured in the paper, and we even get recognised down the street! All this attention has helped us sell our fundraising raffle tickets!  None of us have a connection to type 1 diabetes, but the people we have met and stories we have heard while out fundraising have been incredibly touching. The girls and I have had so many wonderful conversations and learnt so much about type 1 diabetes. The community really does come together for a cause (just ask the 70+ people who attended our special Valentines-themed movie night.)

We all know each other through running, we all lead very different and busy lives and all have totally varied backgrounds. Between the four of us we have varying levels of fitness, but we have come
together to complete this challenge.  Training and fundraising for the Big Red Run has made us so close, we now share a really special bond and I am so thankful that I have these girls to share this epic adventure with. We have been asked a couple of times what keeps us going during our long (and hot) training runs, and without a doubt it is our newfound friendship. We work together as a team; we keep each other motivated and best of all we chat!

We’ve given each other  words that represent our approach:‘enthusiasm’ for Kim, ‘determination’ for Kylie, ‘strength’ for Nikki and ‘inspiring’ for me.

Above all, I find it so important to inspire and empower other women. We also hope the  community can see that no matter who you are, or what you are dealing with, you can achieve anything.  None of us are athletes, and we just want to prove that anyone can do it.

For me personally, fundraising has helped me grow as a person, I have met amazing new people and made connections that I never thought possible. I have heard some wonderful stories, educated myself and I have grown from a relatively shy person, into a public speaker which I never would have thought I could do.

Above all, as a team it has opened our eyes, and been an amazing gift…. now let’s bring on The Big Red Run!”

You can follow the ladies on Facebook at Ky Big Red Runners.


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