THE MOTHER RUN
This virtual run couldn’t come at a better time!
Amidst the chaos of the world right now, we need some joy, some hope and something to focus on.
We can still run and we won’t stop!
In partnership with Running Mums Australia, we are so excited to bring you a virtual run that will connect from afar.
Want to know more about Running Mums Australia? Simply head to their website and have a look! http://www.runningmumsaustralia.com.au/
Select your entry below!
We are offering three different entry levels as everyone is in a different circumstance as a result of COVID-19. We want to open up access to everyone, no matter where you are or what your situation.
The $30 and $15 entry will go directly toward the Maternity ward at the Kristina Health centre in northern Uganda. It will contribute to training and up-skilling midwives so they can be best prepared for deliveries in a rural community, as well as providing birthing kits to the facility for safe deliveries.
With the free entry, you will still have to checkout with your details.
This is a 10km in May event.
You get to pick the interval though. It could be 10km each week, it could be 10km for the month. You could do 10km every day if you want!
Pick your interval (challenge yourself) and commit to it. We are doing this together.
We have had a few people reach out and ask if it is ok to fundraise – absolutely it is! Click the button below to create your profile to share with your friends and fam!
Love Mercy Foundation and Running Mums Australia are proud to partner this May to bring you The Mother Run. This virtual run couldn’t come at a better time!
Running Mums Australia is a strong community of women and mums who run, creating a safe space for women to talk about running. RMA exists to bring positive change and connection through the vehicle of running and improve the health and wellbeing of women and families in Australia.
We can still run and we won’t stop!
This virtual run will connect us from afar, and have an impact on global mothers in northern Uganda.
Some FAQ’s for you:
What is a virtual run?
A virtual run is held online so that people all over the globe can login. You enter via a website (ours in this instance) and stay connected with others doing the run. For the Mother Run, we will create a Strava group to stay in touch.
Why are there 3 entry amounts?
We have split the entry so that everyone has the opportunity to participate. We know times are tough right now for a lot of people and we don’t want anyone to miss out.
When is this happening?
The entire month of May to celebrate Mother’s day. The KM’s can be completed at any time however we will encourage everyone to get out Mother’s Day weekend for a special run.
Why are we doing The Mother Run?
Motherhood is something that is global. It is not restricted by community or culture. Expectant mothers and mothers in northern Uganda have it tough when they are bringing their precious children into this world. Love Mercy is working hard so that women in northern Uganda have access to the healthcare they need after, during and in the lead up to delivery.
With every step you take (or however you are moving this May) we are raising awareness for these Mothers.
No-one predicted that 2020 would go the way it has, and with the pandemic at the forefront of everyone’s minds, we also wanted to give everyone something to work towards. It is a way to realign the goal posts, to reset and adjust.
Where are the entry fees going?
The $30 and $15 entry fees are going directly to the Maternity project at the Kristina Health Centre in northern Uganda. They are being split into two areas:
- Birthing Kits – a single birthing kit for 1 delivery is approx. $50 AUD. That covers medicines, equipment and some of the midwife’s salary on duty.
- Midwife training and up-skilling: our midwives work hard to ensure the safe birth of babies at the clinic. However, there is always more to learn and since they are so far from an emergency hospital, having them best equipped to handle the situations that they come by is essential. They will be empowered in their learning and also sharing with other staff.
The $2 entry is tax deductible and will go toward admin and processing fees.
What is the KHC?
The Kristina Health Centre is a level 3 health clinic in remote northern Uganda. Level 3 means it has maternity, nurses, diagnostic services, a laboratory and is run by a senior clinical officer. A level 4 would be able to perform surgeries.
The KHC had been operating since 2012 in the Otuke district of northern Uganda providing essential services to communities desperately in need when Love Mercy learnt of the immediate need for maternity services. It is 72km away from any hospital or emergency service, where women would have to walk to receive care. Most women don’t have access to transport or just don’t have the time. When the baby is coming, the baby is coming so women would resort to giving birth in the village or on the side of the road on the way to a clinic.
When we learnt that an average of 15 women die per day due to complications in childbirth in Uganda, we had to do something about it.
In September 2017, the KHC began offering maternity services. The 5 midwives at KHC now deliver an average of 30 babies per month and have seen over 600 babies safely brought into the world.
Is it 10km a day or a week or a month?
You pledge to do whatever you think you can achieve. Challenge yourself!
You can select to do 10km for the month of May in total, you could pick 10km each week, or even per day!
Commit to your pick and share with us via the hashtags #lovermotherrunner and #10kminMay
What if I don't like running?
That is ok, not everyone wants to run.
You can walk, swim, ride your bike, row, skateboard… you could rollerblade! Just pick your challenge interval and you are ready to go.