My marathon effort for Mother Nature

By Micaela Knauer 
on 21 Oct 2015 

I joined the Melbourne Marathon Festival on the 18th of October along with 30 000 participants. Even though I didn’t run 46km in 2.16hrs like this year’s winner Brad Milosevic, I am still very proud to have managed 10km in just under 58 minutes (my new personal record – yay). I am so delighted but a little sore from last Sunday’s effort.

I never used to run and I still don’t like it. Actually, I think it's torture. Nevertheless, this year’s marathon was my second in a row and somehow it seems to have become a yearly habit. Some may wonder, “If she hates running, why is she doing it then?” The answer is quite simple – I did it for a good cause! This year I gave it my all to help collect donations for Bush Heritage Australia, to help them succeed in their mission to save Australia’s natural environment. I don’t think much of it but my morals are built around doing good for the better cause of charity.

Australia is my home of choice and I am very grateful to be able to live in such a beautiful country. I love the versatility, unique nature and the friendly people around me. Needless to say, Melbourne is the most liveable city, which is just a bonus!

With an alarming rate of mammal extinction we're lucky to have Bush Heritage Australia tirelessly working towards preserving a better future for Australia’s protected wildlife. So far, they have done a fantastic job by protecting more than 6 million hectares of the most ecologically threatened landscapes in Australia and in doing so, saving the natural habitat for many native animals.

With my fundraising efforts I was able to raise $285. I trained very hard this year, dragging myself out of bed at 6am each morning to go for a run knowing that I have to make every dollar count. Raising funds for Bush Heritage Australia was the best motivation to help me push through the tough marathon all the way to the finish line.

Every time I felt like walking or just giving up the race, I would hear a little voice in my head saying, “you can do it!!! – think about the koalas, the kangaroos, the possums and the birdies.” I swear they must have carried me all the way, especially in the last 5km as I was out of it, but somehow I kept on running and running and running aaaaand running until I finally crossed the finish line at the MCG Stadium. I was sore and exhausted but it was worth every bit of effort. I am so glad I did it.

I'm also very grateful to and proud of each and every person who chipped in to help Bush Heritage Australia. Thank you all!

Now that the run is over, I hope I can still inspire more people and help boost my fundraising target of $500. My motto is every dollar counts. Please follow this link to my fundraising page and help protect Australia’s unique animals, plants and their habitats.

Sincerely thanks,

Micaela Knauer