IMP runners create history

Just a couple of months into their IMP adventure and already three runners have initiated inaugural fun runs in their communities.

On Saturday 21 June, Rachel Baker from Galiwin’ku on Elcho Island – with the support and assistance of 2013 IMP graduate, Evelyna Dhamarrandji – organised the Milinginbi Fun Run.  Rachel was motivated to organise the fun run to encourage people in her community to come together and enjoy the health and social benefits of running.


Just one week later, Saturday 28 June will go down in history for the people of Thursday Island (TI) in Far North Queensland, celebrated as the day their community was covered in colour thanks the community’s first ever Colour Run.

The run was initiated by Harold Matthew and Elsie Seriat, together with FNQ Medicare Local, and attracted more than 500 participants from TI and the surrounding island, Anzac Park.

TI Colour Run was a free, family fun event that featured a 5km run/walk and finished with a celebration of entertainment, prizes and health information stalls.  IMP is extremely grateful to Medicare Local for its commitment to supporting the community and helping to address the need to reduce health related illness in Indigenous communities.

The event would not have been possible without the added support of local stakeholders:  
  • Torres Shire Council
  • M & DM Ahboo
  • See Hops
  • TI Bulk Meats
  • Godfrey Constructions
  • Police Youth & Citizens Club (PCYC) – Horn Island
  • Department of Communities, Child Safety & Disability Services
  • TS&NP Hospital and Health Services
  • Queensland Police Service
  • 4MW Radio Torres Strait
  • Torres News
  • Grand Hotel
  • My Pathways  
IMP would like to thank everyone involved in both the Milingimbi Fun Run and the TI Colour Run and helping to encourage healthy and active lifestyles in Indigenous communities.