TEAM GOING COMMANDO: Kayleen Moss, Leigh McSweeney, Lucia Fais, and Hunter and Jasmine King prepare for the run.
TEAM GOING COMMANDO: Kayleen Moss, Leigh McSweeney, Lucia Fais, and Hunter and Jasmine King prepare for the run.

Running to reconcile our differences

ELEVATING the community and reaching out to each other is what the Cherbourg to Murgon fun run is all about.

Ration Shed Chairwoman Aunty Sandra Morgan said the run promoted the community by celebrating reconciliation.

"It shouldn't just take the reconciliation fun run; it should be all the time," Aunty Sandra said.

"Reaching out and wanting to move forward. There is a lot of issues being a part of everyday life."

Event manager Zona Hussy-Smith said reconciliation was needed all the time and the Fun Run was a great way for the community to come together.

"It's a great opportunity to meet new people, it's good for the whole of the South Burnett, I think because it enables everyone to get together and enjoy a healthy activity and everything that Cherbourg has to offer," Zona said.

"There has been historical racism and this is about really improving relationships, recognising they have happened and moving on, walking together side by side. The fun run does that in actual fact."

Zona said everything the Ration Shed does underpins what reconciliation is about.

"It's all about building understanding and better relationships across all communities. Having an opened mind, not being afraid to talk to people with a smile."

Professional Indigenous athletes Rhonda Purcell, Larissa Chambers and Shannon McCann get welcomed by Cr Kathy Duff.
Professional Indigenous athletes Rhonda Purcell, Larissa Chambers and Shannon McCann get welcomed by Cr Kathy Duff.

Zona said rural communities are known for being friendly and welcoming to all and the South Burnett needed to embrace that side of the community.

"Traditionally our rural communities have been known for that, but with all this doom and gloom and fears bring out the not so best in us and people question things," Zona said.

"We need to continue to have a good understanding and a friendly attitude."

More than 370 people registered to take part in the event which was an increase on last year's inaugural event.

"All in all a good day. At any other time what the people of the South Burnett can do to promote reconciliation is to be open and understanding of each other regardless of who they are, we are all human beings," Zona said.

Hundreds of runners and walkers participated to raise funds for the Ration Shed.
Hundreds of runners and walkers participated to raise funds for the Ration Shed. Keagan Elder
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