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Bravehearts 777 competitors arrive in Canberra for Australia’s biggest run to protect kids

On election eve in the nation’s capital a group of 21 brave competitors from across the country have arrived to tackle the fifth of 7 marathons in 7 states and territories in 7 days as part of Australia’s biggest charity run to protect kids – the Bravehearts 777.
Competitors are this week (June 27 – July 3) attempting seven 42-kilometre marathons in Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart, Canberra, Kingscliff and the Gold Coast as they lay it all on the line to give hope to the Aussie kids enduring their own personal marathons.
Hailed as the ultimate fundraising adventure for ordinary people who want to make an extraordinary difference, the Bravehearts 777 raises funds and awareness to help national child protection organisation Bravehearts educate, empower and protect Aussie kids from sexual assault.
Today they will run a marathon distance around Molonglo River before departing for the final two marathons in the series.
Around 100 competitors will join the 777 big guns across each location in individual legs of the marathon series. Senate Candidate for the Liberal Party, Jane Hiatt, who completed the full Bravehearts 777 in 2013, will be among them in Canberra today. 
Bravehearts Founder and CEO Hetty Johnston says the Bravehearts 777 is about activating ‘children’s champions’ in the community to make a real difference for Aussie kids.
"This event is an incredible opportunity to become a true hero for kids in your community, raising funds and awareness to help prevent a crime which we know is preventable,” she says.
“It’s about taking big steps for little people, while embarking on a personal challenge that gives hope and encouragement to kids impacted by child sexual assault to break their silence.”
The event has raised $250,000 and Bravehearts is hoping to reach $300,000 through public support. Funds go towards a suite of holistic child protection services including education and training and specialist counselling and support for children and their families affected by child sexual assault.
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