Betthilde runs for #gozbecause

Betthilde runs for #gozbecause
May 29, 2018 Girls Oz

After six months of preparation, 50 hours of training and more than 500 kilometres of running it was finally the day of the big event; the HBF Run for a Reason (the ‘reason’ being g-oz!)

I participated in the UWA Half Marathon component of the event and the day started very early. At 4.45am I began getting ready and boarded the train to arrive in Perth central at 6.00am. At 6.45am the race began. We experienced drizzle, some heavier rain, a few moments of blue skies and then some more showers during the run.

With 35,000 participants in the half marathon, 12km or 4km, it was such a large event with a truly amazing vibe. I felt nervous before the run, but once we started, I felt the training paying off and I was able to trust that I was capable of finishing well. I am so lucky to have found a supportive and empowering running group that helped me to prepare for this run. We were in it together!

I was very pleased to complete the run with an official finishing time of 1.56.05. More importantly, I was able to reach my goal of raising $2,000 for g-oz. I am so happy this will assist the program in breaking the cycle of poverty and helping girls to pursue opportunities in education and their future lives. I wish all the g-oz girls well, and will miss working with the Australian Girls Choir tremendously.

I am extremely thankful that I was able to help in this way. If you have not yet donated, please contribute to a Giving Circle via GiveNow.

by Betthilde Keij, g-oz Giving Circles Coordinator