Women on the Run
23 Feb 2021
Supporting domestic and family violence survivors.
Registrations are open for the sixth annual Women on the Run event, which supports the work of domestic and family violence charity Zahra Foundation Australia.
All South Australians are invited to walk or run the 4km-return stretch of beach between Grange and Henley jetties on Sunday March 21, and to wear a backpack filled with non-perishable foods to donate after they cross the finish line.
Carrying this extra weight symbolises the situation many women and children face when they escape violent households – fleeing with only the belongings they can fit in a hastily packed bag.
At least one woman is murdered every week in Australia by her partner or former partner. Zahra Foundation was established by the children of Zahra Abrahimzadeh, who was killed by her estranged husband at the Adelaide Convention Centre in March 2010. This event is an annual reminder of Zahra’s bravery and hope for the future.
Funds raised by registrations will support Zahra Foundation’s empowerment program and financial counselling service, which break the cycle of abuse by helping women gain financial independence after leaving an abusive relationship.
Demand for these services has soared amid the pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic but current funding levels mean the foundation is only able to help a quarter of the women who apply.
This year’s Women on the Run event is supported by major sponsor Credit Union SA and supporting sponsors Foodbank, SA Road Runners, Riviera Bakery, Conroy’s and Chilly Billy. Foodbank staff will be on hand to collect and distribute food donations carried by participants.
Organisers will follow a COVID-safe plan for the event including check in and race timings to ensure SA Government guidelines are adhered to.
About Zahra Foundation
Zahra foundation was established in 2015 in honour of Zahra Abrahimzadeh, who was murdered by her estranged husband in 2010. Zahra’s children Arman, Atena and Anita created an organisation to help women who had escaped abuse gain the skills they need to build a life free from violence.
The foundation offers a unique empowerment program, specialised financial counselling, one-off grants and skills workshops to help abuse survivors enrol in study, find work and plan their future.
Zahra Foundation relies on the generous support of sponsors, donors, government agencies and community fundraisers to continue this work.