UN Women Color Run 2014 by Grace Hill
Grace Hill is an International Women’s Day Intern for the Australian National Committee for UN Women.
I am not much of a runner so for me the idea of ‘the happiest 5km on the planet’ seemed like something terribly unrealistic. However, when I began my internship at the Australian National Committee for UN Women last year, I challenged myself to embrace any opportunity that arose which could help improve the lives of women and girls around the world. So when the National Committee decided to put a team together, I decided that this was a great chance to generate change in a simple way.
After a few weeks of fundraising (thanks to all who donated), I was ready to go. Arriving at Regatta Point bright and early on Sunday morning, I was fairly certain that this was a miserable idea and knew that I would be much happier had I stayed in bed. However, as more and more people arrived (approximately 12,000 Canberrans participated) I was suddenly energised. I was reminded of who I was running for. I was running so that women around the world can have the same opportunities as me, that they can access education and employment with the same ease that I do and that they can do these things without fear or threat of violence.
Did you know that 70% of the global poor are women? This is a statistic which continually astounds me, and was a huge motivator in running the race.
Participating as part of a team of 60 members was awesome and so far we have raised over $9000, only just falling short of our initial fundraising goal. If you are reading this and would love to donate to the great efforts made by our National Committee team, you still can here.
I just wanted to take a moment to thank each of our team members and all who supported the team along the way. The support we have received was incredible and not only made us both the largest and highest fundraising team participating in ColorRunTM Canberra, but will also improve the lives of so many women and girls the world over. When you empower a woman, you empower a nation.