An innovative partnership between the Indigenous Marathon Foundation (IMF) and Travelling Fit is offering the opportunity for adventurous running enthusiasts to combine travel, running and fundraising.
“IMF Tourism” is a brand new initiative for the organisation, a DGR registered charity established by Rob de Castella in 2009, after experiencing ongoing growth of its supporter base participating in events around the world while fundraising for the charity.
Director, Rob de Castella, said the partnership with Travelling Fit is a ground-breaking initiative for the organisation.
“We have seen significant growth in the number of our fundraisers who are choosing to run in international events such as the Tokyo Marathon and New York, and we even had a group of four men from Melbourne who ran in the Marathon des Sables – a 250km event through the Sahara Desert.
“People are now selecting holiday destinations based on the location of running events, so it aligns well with the work of IMF and our supporters.
“We are proud to be working with the team at Travelling Fit to offer our supporters incredible opportunities of using running as a motivator to explore the world and keep fit and active. The benefits of running are never-ending,” he said.
Under the initiative, IMF supporters will book their running holiday through Travelling Fit, and offered the opportunity of making a donation. Supporters will also be offered exclusive value-add options including meeting and running with Rob, invitation to motivational talks and lunches, and meeting the Indigenous Marathon Project (a program of the IMF) squad/Graduates.
Travelling Fit Director, Mari-Mar Walton praised the work of the IMF and said it was an obvious choice to partner with the organisation.
“We have been very impressed with the significant impact and change IMF is having right around the country. It really is a program that changes the lives of Indigenous Australians and inspires the nation.
“Establishing a partnership with IMF was a no-brainer for us and we are very excited about the long-term opportunities of this new program,” she said.