On My Feet
Using running to stimulate self worth, a sense of purpose and self sufficiency amongst people affected by homelessness.
The On My Feet program provides pathways to education and employment for the homeless community.
Funds raised: $14,700
On My Feet pitched at The Funding Network in Perth last November and raised $14,700 to provide running gear, training programs and pathways to employment for people experiencing homelessness.
A year ago, if someone had told Ian Brown - 56 years old and homeless - that he would run 42 kilometres, he would have turned and walked away. But today, with the support of On My Feet (and the 2016 Melbourne marathon under his belt), Ian has a part-time job, a position with a local food charity and a renewed determination to be involved in, and contributing to, his community.
Running alongside Ian in 2016 was 43-year old Kyle - also homeless and equally determined to change his life. A father of three, Kyle's focus is achieving financial independence through employment, driven by his desire to renew relationships that faltered through more than two decades of drug use and petty criminal behaviour. Running with On My Feet gives him support and a place to belong on the pathway back to his family and society.
Over the past 12 months, the organisation has supported over 100 people, including footwear, race registrations and transport to fun runs. Reports from shelters and those joining the program describe physical and mental health benefits and improved family relationships as participants become athletes and leave alcohol, drugs and anti-social behaviour behind.
Read their Impact Report