BACK TO BASE: Flt Lt Aileen Nundu, right, and Flt Lt Tanushree Das stretch and re-hydrate during the 488km run from Bundaberg to Ipswich.
BACK TO BASE: Flt Lt Aileen Nundu, right, and Flt Lt Tanushree Das stretch and re-hydrate during the 488km run from Bundaberg to Ipswich. Eliza Wheeler

Sprint raises funds for the family violence fight

VOLUNTEERS from the Air Force have stopped over in Maryborough as they take part in the 488-kilometre run from Bundaberg to Ipswich supporting White Ribbon Australia.

Leading the eight-strong contingent is Sergeant Richard O'Connell, who said the male and female volunteers had been drawn from across the Air Force.

"Air Force personnel often take long journeys, but it's rare to do so by road like this," Sergeant O'Connell said.

"This run therefore holds great significance for us, and all the more so because it's the first time we're doing it in support of White Ribbon Australia."

So far the group has raised more than $6100 and will be making their way to Gympie tomorrow.

Followed by support vehicles, the Back2Base runners will work in shifts throughout the journey that will culminate at d'Arcy Doyle Place, Ipswich.

Along the way, the Back2Base team will make stopovers and meet with ambassadors from White Ribbon Australia, attending events to highlight the campaign to end male-led violence against women.

Sergeant O'Connell said the Back2Base Run was closely tied with a program to educate Air Force personnel on the wider issue of male-led violence against women.

"It's an issue we take very seriously within our work

place, and we think bears consideration within the wider community."

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The Air Mobility Group has shown support in other ways including flypasts with aircraft carrying the White Ribbon logo.



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