Pat’s ‘doing the block’ for the Voice to Parliament

ULTRA-MARATHON runner and former politician Pat Farmer recently ran the length of the Derwent Valley in the early stages of his “Run for the Voice.” This is a 14,400km run around Australia over six months, led by Mr Farmer to raise awareness, support and engagement for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament ahead of an expected national referendum later this year.

Pat Farmer running near Black Bobs.

The run started in Hobart on April 17, launched on the steps of the Hobart Town Hall by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. Mr Farmer ran to New Norfolk on the first day, and reached Wayatinah at the end of day two. On April 19 he continued on to Derwent Bridge where he spent the night before setting off for Queenstown.

From Queenstown he made his way up the West Coast to the North-West, across the central north and then down the midlands to arrive back in Hobart on Monday this week, after 15 days. From Tasmania he flew to Western Australia to continue the run. He will set off from Perth Stadium, currently known as Optus Stadium, tomorrow (Wednesday) morning.

Mr Farmer has been running across countries and continents for 40 years, raising money and awareness for charities such as the International Red Cross. He was awarded membership of the Order of Australia and was a federal member of parliament from 2001-10.

For more information visit the website runforthevoice.com, where there is also an opportunity to sponsor the run.

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