It’s time for Run Melbourne again! Where has the year gone? Over the past years, runners from all over the world have participated in various races in Melbourne, Australia and also more recently in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – all running and asking their friends, family and colleagues to sponsor them with any amount of donations, which are then given to support the 4 marginalised cancer patients and their families which the ECCT assists. The funds go to support the families with medical costs, school fees for some of their kids and food hampers.
On Sunday 26 July 2015, Olivia (pictured above) and ECCT Founder Teurai Chanakira will be running in the 10km race as part of Run Melbourne. Olivia Smith is a 27 year old woman, originally from New Zealand, and now living in Melbourne, Australia – who has her own deeply connected story to cancer. This run will also hold an emotional connection to her and we thank her for her participation.
We sat down with Olivia and asked her to tell us her story and why she was running for the ECCT patients and their families.
Why are you running to support the ECCT patients and their families?
Multiple reasons: to back the amazing cause; to support my inspirational friend Teurai; to raise awareness of the ECCT’s work; raise funds; to set myself a fitness goal; to breathe in the fresh air as we run and have fun with friends!
Thank you so much Olivia. Those sound like amazing reasons to us. Please tell us about your personal connection to cancer?
I’ve had friends and family lost to cancer. My closest connection to it though is through my wonderful dad who we lost in 2005 from oesophageal cancer.
We are sorry to hear of your loss. May your dad’s soul continue to rest in peace. What have you been doing to prepare for the 10km run?
I’m already someone who loves fitness! I love to run, swim and do weight training in the gym. To prepare for the run, I have been running outdoors and doing strength training in the gym.
Why is fitness important to you?
It’s fun, keeps you healthy and young, you feel good and look a better version of yourself.
How do you think fitness helps in reducing diseases such as diabetes, some cancers etc?
There are so many reasons, but I think a really obvious one is the benefit to your cardiovascular health. Keep that heart healthy!!