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120 WOMEN WALK AROUND AUSTRALIA DURING COVID-19

120 women from Melbourne’s South-East have completed a virtual walk around Australia during COVID-19 to inspire and empower women doing it tough in the community.

The Women's Spirit Project, a Frankston based organisation, aiming to better the lives of women experiencing disadvantage through fitness, health and wellbeing activities, initiated the Why Women Walk event to collectively walk around Australia. The women completed the 25,000km walk over 14 weeks.

Participants were asked to record their walking distances on Strava and tell their story of why women’s empowerment is important to them.

Federal Member for Dunkley Peta Murphy MP congratulated the group on the completion of their 25,000km walk and recognised the importance of staying active to maintain fitness, health and mental wellbeing during COVID-19.

“Congratulations to the amazing women who completed the walk during some of the toughest months that our community has faced” Ms Murphy said.

“This is a terrific reminder on the importance of staying active for both our physical and mental health”.

Jodie Belyea, Founder and Managing Director of the Women’s Spirit Project says events like this are important for empowering Australian women.

“Since March, our volunteers have adapted to COVID-19 restrictions allowing us to continue working closely with disadvantaged women, helping them to reach their personal goals” Ms Belyea said.

“2020 has pushed everyone to their limits on so many levels. We are so proud of the work being done by local women to better the lives of those that are struggling”.

 

DATE: 13 NOVEMBER 2020

MEDIA CONTACTS: DYLAN STEED 0400 615 862

Authorised by Paul Erickson, ALP, Canberra.

 

 

 

*Attached photo for your use. Pre-COVID. Includes, Peta Murphy MP, Paul Edbrooke MP, Gabrielle Williams MP (Minister for Prevention of Family Violence) and Members from the Women’s Spirit Project