Caritas seeks Sydney City to Surf runners

One hundred runners are wanted to run 14km in this year's City to Surf - the same distance that many women in developing countries must walk each day to carry water, says Caritas Australia director, Jack de Groot.

Caritas Australia is asking Sydney's City to Surf participants to join them on 13 August in making a difference and help those in need around the world.

Sydney's largest community sporting event journeys through the city's eastern suburbs to the finish line at Bondi Beach.

Caritas Australia staff and supporters will be running to raise money to support long-term development programs in impoverished communities throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Pacific and Indigenous Australia.

The aim is to raise $15,000 with more 100 participants joining the Caritas team for the annual Sydney event.

"It's a very active and healthy way to help those in need throughout the world, by running or walking in the shoes of those who have no choice," says Mr de Groot.

The Caritas Australia team will carry water the entire 14km, following the footsteps of many women and children in Africa and Asia who have to walk the same distance every day to fetch water for their family.

"It's about making change for the better happen now and it's about giving Australians the opportunity to develop real relationships with people from overseas by actively campaigning to improve their conditions and by sharing their experience at a local level," said Mr de Groot.

"We encourage you to show compassion into action by participating as a Caritas Australia supporter. The money you raise will change the course of someone else's life. It will make a difference," he said.

Run to make a difference (Caritas 7/7/06)

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Sun-Herald City2Surf

10 Jul 2006