Running4change was born from a simple message that we are all capable of positive CHANGE and brought to life by part time Adventure runner Mick Marshall who firmly believes the link between everyone's mental health and exercise is undeniable, and that it is so important to MOVE (walk, run, exercise, take that first step) for CHANGE to begin, and equally as important is that it is NEVER to late to start taking action.
A born and bred country boy from Ballarat in Western Victoria. Mick is well known for his easy going nature who has always enjoyed a challenge, and has picked a doozy to open the gates on mental health, create discussion and move towards positive change.
Over the course of one year, Mick will attempt a Guinness Book of World Record for Most Desert Races Ran in a single Year.
Mick will be taking on 8 gruelling ultra-marathons all of different disciplines, multi-days, self supported and non stop point to point, which makes this even harder on the body to adapt to. For most it is a dream to complete one of these events in a lifetime. The itinerary is brutal covering 1,436km of some of the most uninhabitable terrain in the world. These countries include the deserts of Peru, Oman, Africa, India, the US and of course Australia. With distances ranging between 100km and 520km, Mick will face the hottest, windiest, and driest conditions imaginable as he takes one step at a time (approx. 1,436,000 steps) to complete this world record.
Mick will be in partnership with 4 organisations to create awareness, lift the profile and raise funds for them as they continue their excellent work in the community on creating POSITIVE CHANGE in their own way. Mick promotes and works in collaboration with each charity in various way. One of which is BERRY STREET where Mick is a proud employee.
With the belief that everyone is capable of making positive change, Mick has chosen to raise funds for this organisation that is close to his heart - Berry Street - which helps to create positive change in the lives of Victorian children and families affected by trauma, abuse and neglect.
Since 1877, Berry Street has chosen to work with children, young people and families, with the most challenging and complex needs, including those for whom they are often the last resort. Berry Street is the largest independent child welfare organisation in Victoria, and last year, helped over 18,000 of the most disadvantaged children, young people and families across our community.
Berry Street believes all children should have good a childhood, growing up feeling safe, nurtured and with hope for the future. Berry Street never gives up on children and young people who have suffered great distress and significant harm. Many of these children have grown up in families where violence, chronic neglect, substance abuse, mental illness and poverty have prevented them from having a good childhood.
You can support Mick's incredible journey and help him to raise much-needed funds for Berry Street by making a donation here:
Thank you for your support!
To find out more about Berry Street's work, please visit www.berrystreet.org.au
or Mick's challenge, the races or to follow him please go to www.running4change.com.au