Running to make the world a safer place!

By Siddharth Jain

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What if you could make the world a safer place and help end sexual violence?

Hello there! I am Siddharth Jain, an alumni of Manipal University. I met Claire when she was in India. She is running 16km on a beach in every country of the world to support victims of sexual violence.

In fact, me and a few friends were able to help Claire bring together a big group of runners from Manipal University and run with her. What an incredible experience!

I have stayed in touch with Claire since she left India, and I am amazed with the way she has taken her campaign forward.

Claire was the victim of a brutal rape back in 1999 in Paris during her time there as a student. It took 16 years to jail her attacker, which is why she chose the 16km distance to mark the amount of time she waited for justice. Now she is using her experience to give a voice to others and help peacefully end sexual violence. This amazing global cause is called Footsteps To Inspire.

Claire's journey has inspired me to keep making a difference here at home.

I have been running for the past 8 to 9 years and I am running my first Ultra Run on 16th June, 2018.

Until now, I have run all my races for myself, this next race I am dedicating to Claire and her cause.

This is a first time for me. I believe we can help make the world a safer place with increased awareness. So many people in India have a story of sexual violence, it might be our own or someone we know. I definitely believe we should have increased discussions and debates. And Claire is doing exactly that.

As I train myself to run 12 hours on a 400m athletic track on 16th June, help me to help Claire!

Please join me in supporting her by giving a donation.

You can DONATE in rupees (currently 1 AUD = 50 INR). Every rupee will be deeply valued and will make a huge difference. Make a donation by simply clicking on the right hand side of this page. Select the amount you want to donate and hit DONATE.

Claire is a really inspiring woman, I don't know anyone else who could go through what she did and turn it into such positive energy. She will run 230 countries covering over 3,800km in five years. It is basically almost one and a half marathons every month.

Claire needs your help to make our world a safer place.

Calling out to all my friends, families and acquaintances to donate. All donations from a small caring contribution to the biggest enabling gift will be a huge step forward.

Thank you!


Read more about Claire and the Footsteps To Inspire cause below or go to the website:

www.footstepstoinspire.org

Follow the journey on social media:

FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/footstepstoinspire

INSTAGRAM www.instagram.com/footstepstoinspire

TWITTER www.twitter.com/footstepsTI

Hi, I’m Claire McFarlane

On 18 July 2016, I set-off from South Africa with the goal to run 16 kilometres of beach in every country and dependency of the world (that’s 230 countries) to promote peace and help end sexual violence. I’ve called the movement Footsteps To Inspire. It is a world first, both as an expedition and social cause.

I rarely run alone and have noticed a common trend: people want to talk about sexual violence, they just don’t know how to. Through Footsteps To Inspire, it feels like I'm creating that safe space for conversation and understanding.

Why am I doing this?

I chose to open up about my story in 2014 and was surprised by how many survivors reached out to me from all over the world - women, men and children. Each one with a different story of sexual violence. Many breaking their silence for the very first time. I realised how deeply this issue is affecting the world and how many people still suffer in silence. I knew then that my story had a bigger purpose and it was time for me to help others. So began Footsteps To Inspire.

Watch my TEDx talk to learn more about my experience in Paris.

I have already travelled alone to 36 countries and run on 37 beaches.

I know it may sound strange but there is nothing else I’m meant to do in the world right now. In 2016, I sold everything I had to raise enough money to get me to the first 20 countries. Through careful planning and some in-kind support, I reached a further 16 countries. There are still 194 more countries to go. I can’t do it alone and need your help to keep going.

Nothing about this journey is easy, but what expedition isn’t?

In every country, I hear stories of horror and sometimes stories of hope. I link with local communities, organisations, government services and survivors to talk peacefully and understand what the challenges are for them in their country. Many join me as I run 16 kilometres, barefoot, along a stretch of beach, lake or river and I will keep doing this until I have run in every country and dependency of the world.

Is Footsteps To Inspire leaving an impact?

Yes, absolutely. When I started out, I had a vision...through beach running I could bring people from all walks of life together, to feel safe and to talk freely about sexual violence. This is exactly what is happening, and even more than that. In so many countries of the world it is really hard for people to have a voice and speak out publicly. Through the Footsteps To Inspire movement, people can come together without the fear of being punished because in the end we are running, we are peacefully connecting and we are using movement to create a movement.

In Papua New Guinea, 200 people joined me for the run eager to be part of this collective voice and many asking if it could become an annual event. In Tanzania, villagers traveled over 150km to be at the run, passionate about the cause and committed to making it happen every year. In Nicaragua, the Hilton Hotel paid for a bus so that their staff could join me for the run 200km away.

I had no idea I'd leave such an impact when I started out. It's these little moments when I get to change a life that keeps me going.

Footsteps To Inspire has become a global peace movement that will live on even after I’ve run in all 230 countries.

Become part of the movement and help make the world a safer place.

Donate now to Footsteps To Inspire!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generosity. You are contributing to a safer world for everyone you love and know.

Claire xx

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