Former MP Running 13,000 Miles for Australian Red Cross

Former Australian MP Pat Farmer is aiming to run a staggering 13,000 miles across the globe to raise funds for the Australian Red Cross. This monumental effort is the equivalent of running two marathons every day, without a day off, for A YEAR!! This amazing effort will see Pat take in 14 countries as he travels from North to South Pole in a bid to raise an amazing $100 million for the Red Cross.

Already a multiple world record holder for endurance, Pat has already raised millions of dollars in his 20 year running career, but this is his greatest challenge to date (I’m not surprised!). Pat has now completed 1000 km in Canada in just under a week, so just the 12,000km left to go!

Pat Farmer, said –

This run has been my dream for more than half my life. And to touch the lives of so many needy people is all the motivation I need. Something I have always kept firmly in mind is that this run isn’t about me, and it’s not even really about running a route that has never been attempted before. It’s about getting funds to thousands of needy people worldwide through Australian Red Cross. I am serious about raising millions of dollars for this cause. The rest is details.

Pat will now continue to run 80km per day over the next year to travel from Pole to Pole, with no days off as he travels through 14 countries including Mexico, El Salvador, Panama, Columbia, Peru and Chile. Having just personally been to Colombia, let me tell you, there’s some seriously hazardous terrain to encounter on the way, as well as some amazing scenery.

Australian Red Cross CEO, Robert Tickner, said –

We are incredibly proud of the amazing progress Pat has made and congratulate him on reaching dry land. We are in awe of his resilience and determination and we send our continuing support and encouragement as he continues his run on dry land to make a real difference to the lives of millions.

I’ll leave the final words to Mr Farmer…

18 million more steps to go. Stay with me Australia – South Pole here I come!

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