2 March 2023

Eurobodalla fundraiser set to return with colour, fun and a message in 2023

| Claire Sams
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A group of people at Eurobodalla Council building

The people behind the Colour Run are busy preparing for the event’s return in 2023 – and they want you to get involved. Photo: Supplied.

An event set to bring smiles, laughter and light to a difficult topic is gearing up for its return to Moruya.

The Youth Against Domestic Violence Colour Run will be held on 18 March to raise awareness of abuse and to support efforts against domestic violence.

“Domestic violence is seen as a dark subject to talk about,” said Eurobodalla Domestic Violence Committee chair Sam Monk.

“By holding events like the Colour Run, we can raise awareness in a creative way to help people have those difficult conversations.”

Participants will be able to run or walk a five-kilometre path with various activity stations at Moruya’s Riverside Park, individually or in a team, and even dunk their fellow runners.

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“If the fundraising target is reached on the day, we will dunk the Mayor,” Eurobodalla Shire Council’s youth development officer Michaela Burtenshaw said.

“If you want to nominate your principal or boss at work, it could be fun seeing them get dunked too!”

Participants will also receive a free T-shirt and, according to the Facebook event, there will also be raffles, a DJ and prizes for the best dressed on the day.

This year, the Colour Run is free because of NSW Government funding, but participants will need to register online via Eventbrite.

The money raised will be passed on to the Eurobodalla Domestic Violence Committee for use in its Love Bites program and other community events.

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Ms Monk said coming forward could have a far-reaching impact not just on individuals, but those around them.

“It’s important to recognise red flags in a relationship and raise your voice in support or to reach out for support,” she said.

“By having that difficult conversation, you could help prevent violence and let people know there’s services available with people who can help.”

The Colour Run is a collaboration between the Eurobodalla Domestic Violence Committee, the Eurobodalla Shire Council Youth Committee and the Eurobodalla Shire Council.

Ms Burtenshaw invited the shire’s businesses to come together and support the event, as well as the wider community and those in need.

“It’d be awesome to see businesses show up and help raise awareness,” she said.

“By getting involved, you’re pledging your support to address this important issue.”

You can nominate someone for the dunk tank by contacting Ms Burtenshaw on 44 747 422.

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