Chevron City to Surf for Activ collaborate with Reconciliation WA in a commitment to a reconciled and inclusive State

If we were writing a story of reconciliation, it would only seem fitting that WA’s oldest fun run would be inclusive of the world’s first culture through Reconciliation WA.

It’s easy to make the connection between reconciliation and an inclusive event like the Chevron City to Surf for Activ. ‘Moving Forwards Together’, is something Reconciliation Western Australia strongly stands by, just as this fun run is founded on demonstrating equality, encouraging both men and women to participate as early as 1975.

Moving forwards together means starting at the beginning: we are all human, reconciliation is about finding shared meaning and connecting deeply to this place we are all proud to call our home, just as being fit and emotionally healthy is the foundation of a balanced life.

In a collaborative effort on 26 August, a significant team of 200 plus runners representing Run for Reconciliation (Run4Rec) will seek to leverage cultural recognition and awareness from the established platform of WA’s most loved fun run. The contingent of runners is largely derived from members of Newmont Mining and Curtin University, as well as members from the broader reconciliation community in WA.

“For the past 4-years, the growth of the Run for Reconciliation team has been representative of the increased state wide support for a reconciled WA. The Chevron City to Surf for Activ is a fantastic platform for people from all around WA to run together in a show of solidarity. We look forward to this year’s event and how it enables new ways for our First People and all Australians to forge a new future together,” commented Reconciliation WA’s CEO, James Back.

Cultural Activations

As a participant in the 2018 Perth Chevron City to Surf for Activ, you can enjoy and get involved in the reconciliation movement, with several culturally active spaces located throughout the event course. These include:

  • Start line:

Enjoy Welcome to Country introductions at the start lines on St Georges Terrace and Floreat Park

  • Finish line:

Soak up the shared energy at the finish line with cultural dance and performances by Koolangkas Kreate

  • On course:

Uncover for yourself the deep history we share while running, walking or rolling past the original banks of the Derbarl Yerrigan, now called the Swan River and the original meeting place of Noongar leader, Yellagonga, and Captain James Stirling in 1820 on the corner of Spring Street and St Georges Terrace

  • Finish precinct:

Visit the Run for Reconciliation Marquee and get immersed in an interactive art canvas with Urban Indigenous artists Grace Comeagain and Caitlin Lawton, or experience the spirit of moving forwards together with some ochre face painting.

“We are delighted to share in a celebration of inclusiveness with Reconciliation WA. It’s ironic that in 1951 a group of families who believed their children with disability deserved better and had so much more to offer the community came together in support of each other. This is how Activ started and this fundamental belief in people is what still drives us today. That is why celebrating the cultural heritage of our beautiful course is also an opportunity to celebrate our heritage as one of WA’s first disability providers,” said Danielle Newport, Activ’s CEO.

Run with Run4Rec

If you haven’t yet joined the team, we’d love you to run with us at the Perth Chevron City to Surf on August 26. The only event of its kind, that is produced by the community, for the community, you get to choose the course and way in which you complete the event. Whether you walk, run or roll across the finish line, together we will share the fun-raising for those living with a disability in WA. Registrations are still open at chevroncitytosurf.com/perth

If you want to sign up for the Run for Reconciliation team as part of the Chevron City to Surf for Activ, visit the RWA and Run4Rec Facebook pages.

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