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Indigenous Marathon Project

Every year, Zeroseven chooses a charity to make a holiday donation towards as expressed in our Christmas card.
This year, we chose The Indigenous Marathon Project as it aligns with our company values of maintaining good health and fitness for all.

We encourage you to follow our lead and donate here to this very worthwhile cause.

The Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) is a DGR registered health promotion charity established in 2009 by world champion marathon runner, Robert de Castella.

The core objective of the IMP is to use running as a vehicle to drive change through promoting healthy and active lifestyles and reducing the incidence of health related illnesses in regional and remote Indigenous communities across Australia.

Indigenous Australians are significantly disadvantaged between non-Indigenous Australians as is highlighted in the approximate 10 year gap in life expectancy, education levels, unemployment, incidence of chronic disease, and youth suicide.

The IMP is working to address all of these issues with particular emphasis on Type II Diabetes and suicide.

The IMP annually selects a squad of 12 Indigenous young men and women (18-30) to be mentored and trained over six months to run in the world's most iconic running event, the New York City Marathon. Squad members are also provided with an educational pathway through completion of a Certificate IV in Leisure and Health, a compulsory component of the IMP program.

All squad members who complete the marathon become an IMP 'graduate' and return to their communities to act as mentors for other runners in their communities; some of which have gone on to be chosen in subsequent IMP squads.

Now in its fifth year, the IMP has trained and mentored 42 runners across the finish line of the New York City, Boston and Tokyo marathons. Before IMP, no Indigenous runners had finished a major international marathon.

The IMP relies on the generous support of the Australian Government Department of Health, Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport, Qantas, Sports Cover, Accor, Good Oil Films and the generosity of the Australian public.