This immersion experience left a mark on me and since then I've always wanted to do what I can to help these families and their communities. This is the reason why I signed up for CITY2SURF this year along with a few of my friends in Singles for Christ (SFC) City-Bankstown unit, and raise fund for ANCOP. When we started our training sessions for the 14-kilometer run, we were almost at the end of our SFC Christian Life Program and it was a great way to get to know more about each other whilst training in a supportive environment. We met up every Saturday until the weekend of the race. I spoke to many people to let them know more about how ANCOP help assists people in communities across the Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. It also allowed me to have conversations about the causes of injustice and poverty and how we can all be encouraged to take action.
On the morning of the race we all met up with people from other SFC chapters and prayed together before running the marathon. I kept in mind Khayla, her family and those in ANCOP we were raising funds for. It was a surreal feeling to see that our training paid off when we finally reached the finish line at Bondi. We are very thankful to all the those who contributed and supported us because together we can help make a difference to families living in impoverished communities.