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Good Socks for a Good Cause – On My Feet – Running to Help Perth's Homeless and At Risk

Perth charity On My Feet needs your help to transform the lives of those less fortunate

Perth student Emily Talbot has reached out to So Perth, hoping you can help her team to raising awareness and support for On My Feet – a Perth charity helping find pathways to education and employment for men and women dealing with or at risk of becoming homeless.

The not-for-profit organisation was founded in Perth local, by Keegan Crage and is now spreading across Australia.

“They’re a very unique charity in the fact that they use running to change peoples lives,” Talbot said.

“The organisation uses a reward for effort model that focuses on the homeless and the long term unemployed, providing them with pathways to education and employment based on their commitment to running with the On My Feet team,” she said.

“Showing commitment to the running club requires determination, discipline, perseverance, commitment and a positive attitude. These are the ingredients for success in life. They strongly encourage “giving a hand up, not a hand out” so that the assistance they provide is greatly beneficial in the long run,” Tablot said.

To assist in fundraising, Emily and Mark – students at ECU – are selling comfortable orange ‘On My Feet’ running socks for $12. So Perth encourages our readers to pitch in.

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The team effort is part of On My Feet – Business School initiative

To help in the effort, Emily and Mark have reached out to Jordan Bruno from the last season of My Kitchen Rules and Jake Matthews from the UFC – to help promote their individual fundraising. We’ll let you know how they do.

Please support On My Feet and Emily and Mark’s campaign to raise funds – purchase socks today.

Beautiful sunset for our Rockingham runners yesterday. #forthelongrun #onmyfeet #rockinghambeach #rockingham

A photo posted by On My Feet (@onmyfeetau) on

More about On My Feet from their website:

On Feet also runs chapters in Perth, Fremantle, Rockingham and Melbourne. All groups meet on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 17:30.

Board members of On My Feet include WA sporting greats John Inverarity and John Worsfold.

On My Feet is transforming lives.

We provide pathways to education and employment for men and women dealing with or at risk of homeless based on their commitment to running with us.

Consider this:
Australia’s homeless population can fill the MCG.
Each homeless person costs Australia $45,000p.a.
Homelessness is not a life choice, it’s a circumstance that people find themselves in.
It can happen quickly, easily, and tragically.
The average Australian is only six weeks away from homelessness.
The life expectancy of a long-term homeless person is 45.
Those dealing with homelessness seek self worth, a sense of purpose, and self sufficiency. We all do.

Those dealing with homelessness need a hand up, not a hand out.

WHY RUNNING?

Running has the power to change everything.

Running has the power

to create self worth through positive reinforcement and being part of a community
to create a sense of purpose through goal races and the prospect of education and employment
to create self sufficiency as we introduce our participants to potential employers and education programs when they achieve 90% attendance. Why 90%? 90% requires determination, discipline, perseverance, commitment and a positive attitude.
These are the ingredients for success.

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