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Meet our 2017 National Runners

Meet our amazing 777 National Runners for 2017. These inspiring individuals hail from various corners of Australia and each have a unique story as to why they are taking on the ultimate test of endurance of running 7 marathons, in 7 days, across 7 states.

Western Australia

GILL HAMERSLEY

Western Australia

GILL Hamersley is running. Not from something – for something.

When her daughter Abbey took her own life in 2013, aged just 17 following years of alleged sexual assaults, Gill’s world came crashing down.

Now Gill and Abbey’s best friends are joining forces to tackle the Bravehearts 777 marathon to help raise funds and awareness to protect kids against sexual assault.

Support Gill HERE.

Western Australia

MICHELLE DAVIS

Western Australia

This Woodvale mum of three is looking forward to tackling the Bravehearts 777.

“I love running, so Bravehearts 777 seemed like the perfect way for me to combine my two passions – running and protecting Aussie kids.”

Support Michelle HERE.

Western Australia

NYREE MARR

Western Australia

“I’m running the 777 marathons in support of Gill Hamersley who is quite inspirational. Please support Bravehearts and help prevent child sexual assault in Australia.”

Support Nyree HERE.

Western Australia

STEPHANIE SIMKIN

Western Australia

“I accepted this challenge to raise awareness and help to educate, empower and protect Aussie kids across Australia.

I am looking forward to running alongside team-mate Nyree.”

Support Stephanie HERE.

South Australia

CALLUM BREWERTON

South Australia

No stranger to endurance sports, local registered nurse and medical student Callum Brewerton from Tea Tree Gully, is set to get hearts racing when he participates in the Bravehearts 777.

“I have never completed a full marathon, let alone seven in a row but I strongly believe that every Australian child deserves the right to enjoy a childhood free of fear and abuse, which is why I decided to take on this massive challenge.”

Support Callum HERE.

Photo credit: Dylan Coker

South Australia

CHRIS GLACKEN

South Australia

It only takes one man to change a life, but when it comes to Port Adelaide local Chris ‘Glacks’ Glacken, it’s safe to say he has changed far more than one life in his time.

When Chris crosses the Bravehearts 777 finish line on the Gold Coast on 2 July, he will also complete his 100th marathon.

Support Chris HERE.

South Australia

LISA CUNDY

South Australia

Having worked closely with victims of a crime that will affect 1 in 5 Australian children before their 18th birthday, Lisa wants increase community awareness and to help educate and protect local kids.

“I know Bravehearts makes a very real difference in the lives of survivors of child sexual assault and I wanted to do my part to help them to protect Aussie kids.”

Support Lisa HERE.

Victoria

DANI MCLAREN

Victoria

Third time’s a charm for local teacher Dani McLaren when she participates in this year’s Bravehearts 777.

“I run with these children and survivors in mind and that keeps me going. I run with a smile on my face and with a positive attitude to show survivors of child sexual assault that there is hope. Through the darkness they can also shine.”

Support Dani HERE.

Photo credit:  Damjan Janevski

Victoria

GINA SANTAERA

Victoria

This busy mother of four and newly minted Grandmother emanates positivity and is very keen to use this lust for life to help protect Aussie kids.

“I am a survivor of abuse, not a victim. With awareness, education and the right support, I know that others who are or who have suffered in the same way as I have can look forward to an amazing life. I am the proof.”

Support Gina HERE.

Victoria

LIZ DOUGLAS

Victoria

“I wanted to be involved with an awesome charity and an awesome event to support Aussie kids. Being a proud Aunt to two little girls, protecting children is very important to me.”

Support Liz HERE.

TASMANIA

MEGAN MCGINTY

TASMANIA

With a young daughter of her own, Megan, a self-confessed non-runner, is passionate about child protection and the work that Bravehearts does.

“I actually don’t like running and am not terribly good at it, but I like crossing the finish line and raising awareness about child sexual assault.”

Support Megan HERE.

Photo credit: Cordell Richardson

Tasmania

PAUL WRIGHT

Tasmania

Finishing a marathon is the goal of many long distance runners, but for local Legana grandfather Paul Wright, that is where the challenge begins.

Paul, a veteran ultra-marathon runner who’s longest run to date is 240km, has signed up to complete the mighty Bravehearts 777 for the second consecutive year.

“I love to challenge myself. If by challenging myself to complete the Bravehearts 777 I can support survivors of child sexual assault who are out there facing their own challenges, then that is a challenge I definitely want to accept.”

Support Paul HERE.

Tasmania

NIKKI HALL

Tasmania

This will be a mammoth effort and an amazing adventure with an incredible group of people as we all band together for this great cause.

Last year,2016, I completed my first Marathon, raising funds for Bravehearts as a State Runner for Tas. This year I have taken on the full 777 Marathon.

Support Nikki HERE.

Australian Capital Territory

JANE HIATT

Australian Capital Territory

The mother of four runs two businesses, was a 2016 federal Senate candidate and after conquering the 777 challenge in 2013 when she ran seven marathons in seven days in seven states, has pledged to do it again this year.

Support Jane HERE.

Photo credit: Jamila Toderas

New South Wales

BELINDA BOSTON

New South Wales

The 39-year-old Nurse and child sexual assault survivor is in training to tackle the mighty Bravehearts 777 to embolden other survivors to break the silence and to highlight the struggle victims face without appropriate support.

Support Belinda HERE.

New South Wales

CHRIS REDMAN

New South Wales

“I really wanted to do something with my running to benefit others. By chance I met a lady on a train who told me all about the Bravehearts 777 and I thought it sounded like a great idea.”

Support Chris HERE.

New South Wales

ELIZABETH STRATTON

New South Wales

Having run two marathons with her brother as part of the 2015 event, Elizabeth has been inspired to challenge herself to complete all seven marathons this year.

“It is so important to protect children from child sexual assault and to give victims the courage to speak out. Every child has the right to a happy and safe childhood”.

Support Elizabeth HERE.

New South Wales

KARIN TAPPOURAS

New South Wales

Having run a total of 67 marathons in 2016, Karin is keen to up the ante this year by completing the Bravehearts 777 marathon for the second year in a row.

“Running was and still is a way for me to deal with the abuse I suffered. I love the idea of being able to use my running to help others to speak out and get the help and support they need.”

Support Karin HERE.

New South Wales

SAM MCAULIFFE

New South Wales

Ballet, gymnastics and netball have not prepared Caringbah mum of three, Sam McAuliffe for the challenge she has set herself in 2017.

“As a mum of three, child protection is very important to me and like running, Bravehearts has become a cause I am very passionate about supporting, which is why I am on a mission to complete the 777 this year.”

Support Sam HERE.

New South Wales

SUSAN HAWLEY

New South Wales

Local business owner and mum of two, Susan Hawley, is passionate about protecting kids, so when she heard about the important work of child protection charity Bravehearts, she knew she had to get involved.

“Every child has the right to feel safe and I wanted to add my voice and support in whatever way I could.”

Support Susan HERE.

Queensland

BEN DARCY

Queensland

Proud father of two Ben Darcy will lace up the runners for the gruelling Bravehearts 777 after his mate told him of the sexual abuse he suffered as a child.

“I recently found out that my mate was a victim of child sexual abuse. His story inspired me to register for the Bravehearts 777.”

Support Ben HERE.

Photo credit: Marie Nirme

Queensland

CARLA MCKINLEY

Queensland

As a passionate primary teacher and mum of three I have decided to join Bravehearts in raising money to educate, empower and protect our children, helping to keep them safe.

Support Carla HERE.

Queensland

GREG PONYCH

Queensland

Looking along the starting line at the Gold Coast marathon last year, Wishart dad of two Greg Ponych saw a group of runners on the brink of completing their seventh marathon in seven days in their seventh state.

“It was just incredible. Their dedication and passion were truly inspiring. I knew then that I wanted to be a part of this.”

Support Greg HERE.

Queensland

JOHNATHON MORRISON

Queensland

Life hasn’t been easy for Ipswich child sexual assault survivor Johnathon Morrison. Having battled substance addiction and mental illness, he says education was key to being able to identify and stop the assaults he suffered as a child.

“Being able to support Bravehearts who lead the way in educating children and deliver prevention and support programs is very important to me. The opportunity to support a cause I am passionate about through a sport I love is a huge draw card for me.”

Support Johnathon HERE.

Queensland

KERRIAN SAWYER

Queensland

Kerrian Sawyer is a mum on a mighty mission. For Kerrian the mission is personal.

“My family has been affected by child sexual assault. Tackling the 777 seems like a way I could contribute and make a positive change in the lives of children across Australia.”

Support Kerrian HERE.