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Port Moresby to host ProjectBRA run

A Port Moresby multisports club will be hosting a special on Saturday 30th September in honour of ProjectBRA, a global awareness campaign for sexual violence survivors.

ProjectBRA of Project Beach Run for Awareness was launched in South Africa two months ago by Claire McFarlane, of South African and Australian descent, to raise funds for sexual violence survivors.

Claire, who’s a survivor herself, has embarked on this global campaign which will cover 184 countries. In each of these countries, Claire will be running 16km of beach and at the same time raise funds and awareness for sexual violence survivors.

In the last two months, she has travelled to South Africa, Australia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Tonga (this weekend) Fiji, with Solomon Islands and Port Moresby, PNG early next month.

Coming to Port Moresby will also be a big reunion for Claire who attended a Brisbane girls school twenty years ago with some Papua New Guinea classmates. These PNG girls assisted Claire finding out a local club to help with organizing this 16km beach run and will be looking forward to catching up again after all these years.

Port Moresby-based sports club, Club SCRAM Port Moresby, and event management company, Up South Events Ltd, will be organizing the Port Moresby run along the Paga ring-road and Koki on Saturday 30th September.

Club SCRAM (acronym for Swim, Cycle, Run and Multisport) organizes running events every month. Unfortunately, we do not have enough beach for this run but we have a little stretch of beach on the Ela Beach side which we will use.

Global Construction Ltd has put its support behind this run with helping out with logistics and refreshments. International aid group, Abt & Associates, is another local ProjectBRA supporter.

The 16km run will commence at the Stanley Esplanade and Cuthbertson St intersection; opposite Harbourside West, and head along the Paga ring-road towards Ela Beach and Koki.

Runners/walkers then reach the Koki roundabout and head back along Ela Beach Drive; along Paga ring-road and Stanley Esplanade to the Port Moresby Yacht Club and return back to Harbourside West for the finish.

Club SCRAM Port Moresby is also hosting shorter runs – 2km, 5km and 10km – for its usual running club members but the public is also invited to join in a run or walk if the 16km is to too long.

Entry is free but participants are encouraged to give a donation of any amount at finish line. Proceeds from this run/walk will be donated by ProjectBRA to a local organization working with sexual violence survivors.

Participants can also go online to purchase t-shirts on www.projectbra.org or get more information on this global awareness campaign. For more information on this run on Saturday 30th September, please call Stephen on 76097214 or email damien@upsouthevents.com

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