Darkness to Daylight Challenge
In Australia, on average 110 people die from Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) every year. Darkness to Daylight (D2D) is a 110km run where each kilometre represents one of those lives lost. It is a long distance. It is hard physically and mentally and to get through it participants often join together to run and walk in teams to support each other. We do not mind if you run or walk, if you complete 3km or 110km. We just ask that you run with a purpose, and you join us in standing up to domestic and family violence.
When we run, a candle lights the way - a symbol of hope to pass onto those who need it most. Our candles let those experiencing DFV know that they are not alone and we will not stop until DFV does.
In 2021, we introduced a combined format as we continued to consider participant safety. In 2022, it is our view D2D will again combine the virtual challenge with an optional shortened live event to be held on 31 May 2022.
It is our hope that wherever you run or walk, and whoever you run with, you remember those you are running for. Those we have lost, and those we are working to save. Together we can end domestic and family violence.
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Meet Darkness to Daylight Founder - Rob Reed
There is something special about participating in Darkness To Daylight. Being out running in the dark of night, carrying a candle that represents lives lost to DFV, knowing that every kilometre I cover represents one of those lives, seeing other people out there in the D2D shirts all participating in different ways (and now, in the days of virtual, in different places) but all part of a community wanting to put an end to the violence. Often in the middle of my run, I reach a point where I feel like I can't go on. I'm tired, my legs ache, my stomach hurts, it's dark and it's cold and I'm sick of the circuit. Sometimes I come to a full stop. But then I remember who we are running for.
People who go through nights much worse than this, night after night, and not by choice. For me, the pain and isolation will end in the morning and I can rest. And so I take a deep breath and carry on.
I wanted D2D to be an event which raised awareness about DFV in the community and raise funds for the great work of Challenge DV. But more than that. Based on my learnings from my participation in Sacred Run 1995, I wanted this to be about running for a reason and with the cause embodied in every aspect of the run itself. To give people the opportunity to experience something unique and special and do something physical and meaningful about DFV prevention. To challenge people to do more than they ever have before – whether that's a 110km run or a 3km walk – and to do that for the right reasons and in such a way that each person gains a deeper understanding of the issue of DFV.
I hope people have fun participating in D2D but that the conversations about the experience and the meaning of the run echo across the world until there is an end to the pandemic that is DFV.
Opportunities to sponsor Darkness to Daylight
Challenge DV is currently seeking sponsors for Darkness to Daylight 2022.
D2D is a unique event and will deliver value to your business in the following ways:
- Your team will unite as one against a very serious community issue
- Organisational exposure including assistance around internal communications and tools to promote your own philanthropy
- A variety of different ways for your staff to get involved and support this meaningful event
- Enhance your health & wellbeing program
- Raising awareness and helping prevent DFV