Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2017
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I am taking part in Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2017 and this is going to be my 4th full marathon. This time, I am running to raise much needed funds for The Wayside Chapel . 今年も9月、シドニーマラソンでフルマラソンを走ります。今回で4度目となるフルマラソンですが、今回はシドニーでホームレスの人々を支援するチャリティをサポートすることにしました。 I run in Sydney CBD every Wednesday night with Girls Run Sydney and noticed there are quite a few homeless people living on street, men and women, young and old. And now it crosses my mind quite often, they are probably someone's beloved children, parents, partners or siblings. いま、私はガールズランシドニーというランニンググループで、毎週水曜日の夜、シドニーの市内を走っています。いつもスタート地点付近には、ホームレスの方々。現在冬のシドニー、夜は酷く冷え込みます。女性は生理もあるし、お年寄りはそうじゃなくてもあちこち痛いのだろうなとか、色々と考えてしまいます。温かな食事や清潔な服、働ける健康な体があること、怖い思いをせずに毎晩眠れること、仕事も家もあること、普段は当たり前の幸せに改めて感謝しながら、この人たちにも、かつては家族がいたんだろうな。誰か探してる、待ってる人がいるんじゃないだろうか。そう思いつつホームレスの方々の眠るテントが並ぶ横を走るたび、妙な罪悪感を感じていました。 Rather than giving these people spare changes, I thought I should do something by running, by supporting an organisation that gives love and support to those who are in hardship such as homelessness, domestic violence. 毎回シドニーマラソンでは様々なチャリティへの募金活動ができます。その中からコミュニティ・サービスを献身的に行うザ・ウェイサイド・チャペルを選びました。ホームレス、貧困、DV被害や鬱などで支援が必要な人たちへさまざまなサービスを提供しています。 The Wayside Chapel provide ウェイサイドチャペルで提供しているサービスは - Showers, low-cost meals and clothing for the most disadvantaged members of our community シャワー、低価格の食事、服などの提供 - Referrals for short and long-term crisis accommodation and housing 短期、長期のシェルターの紹介 - Information and advocacy services 一般、政府への問題提供、情報提供 - Referral services to health and welfare agencies 医療、福祉機関への紹介 - Meeting spaces for self help and community groups 自立支援団体と会えるスペース - Weekly onsite legal, health, and counseling clinics 法律、健康、カウンセリングクリニック - Drop in activities – including sport, gym, photography & movies スポーツ、ジム、写真、映画などのアクティビティ - A judgment free space for those just looking for a chat, a coffee or a quiet place to think 差別、偏見なしで談話したり、お茶を飲んだりゆっくりと一人になれるスペースなどです。 自分自身、凄く恵まれているくせに仕事が辛いだとか面倒だとか、思ってしまうこともありますが、すごくお金がない時もあったし、もしかして一歩何かが間違えば、自分だってホームレスになる確率がないわけではない。健康で家も家族もある自分、一生懸命働け!そして走れ!という自身へのメッセージでもあります。 もしもご賛同いただけましたら、少額でも構いませんのでぜひ寄付をお願いいたします。オーストラリアの方はタックスリターンの時にクレームができます。もし差し支えなければ、どんどんシェアしていただければ嬉しいです。 どうぞよろしくお願いします。 ***【追記】目標は500ドル。これを達成した場合はご協力いただいた方の中で、抽選1名様に、わたくしめセレクトのワイン、一本プレゼントします!*** Also, I will give a bottle of wine to one of supporters if i reach to my $500 goal! I will personally select it for you depend on your personality and preference. If you are not a drinker, you probably get something like a nice box of chocolate maybe. Their work is really important, and I want to do what I can to help. But there is only so much I can do on my own. You can help too, by donating to my page. Any amount you can give makes a difference! Thank you for your generosity and support -- it means a lot to me. Together we can help The Wayside Chapel create the world we want to see.

About my cause: The Wayside Chapel

The Wayside Chapel has provided unconditional love, care and support for people on and around the streets of Kings Cross since 1964.

Today, under the banner of love over hate, The Wayside Chapel creates a community where there is no ‘us and them’ by breaking down the barriers of judgement and providing a safe place where people from all walks of life are welcome just to ‘be’.

The Wayside Chapel draws people out of social isolation and invites them into the healing place of community. People marginalised by homelessness, mental health issues and substance abuse can turn to Wayside for compassion, tolerance and support.

Our community services centres in both Kings Cross and Bondi, youth space and outreach service, mental health program, twilight team, community cafe and our Aboriginal project are all designed to ensure the most disadvantaged members of our community have access to essential health, welfare, social and recreational services.

Each year, thousands of people visit Wayside for assistance in gaining equitable access to essential health, welfare and related services.

In the last year alone, Wayside provided, amongst other services, 7,680 community meals, 6,776 changes of clothing, 14,100 hours of support to people with a long-term mental health issue, and 1,991 social and recreational activities for the whole community to participate in. People purchased over 86,100 low cost items in our café, there were 6,699 instances of support for youth at risk and 8,703 members of the community visited Wayside to learn more about our work.

Overall, 79,300 instances of support were provided to people seeking assistance or just stopping by for a chat and a place where they can find company and acceptance.

About Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2017

The 2017 Blackmores Sydney Running Festival is an iconic event with a spectacular course that includes a run over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and a finish at the Opera House. The festival will be held on September 17, 2017 and features a marathon, half marathon, bridge run and a family fun run - so there is something for everyone. 35,000 runners are expected to participate in 2017.

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