10 August 2023

Wagga's team of veterans advocates set for City2Surf

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Wagga’s Pro Patria Centre volunteers will participate in the annual City2Surf in Sydney this weekend. Photo: City2Surf.

Pro Patria Centre (PPC) volunteers are all set to participate in Australia’s greatest and most famous fun run, the City2Surf, this weekend.

PPC is a Wagga-based multidisciplinary centre committed to assisting veterans, first responders and their families by providing sorely needed holistic health treatments.

The City2Surf brings together more than 80,000 people from all walks of life to run, jog, walk or stroll the iconic 14-km course from Sydney’s CBD to Bondi Beach.

PPC has put together a team of nine members who will participate in the City2Surf on Sunday (13 August) and raise awareness about the work done by the centre.

Fun run participant and PPC volunteer Dean McCrae said the team would be happy to have others join in on the day.

“You don’t have to be an athlete … people have said to me, ‘I can’t run that far’, but you can just walk and participate,” Dean said. “It’s not a problem. It’s perfectly OK.

“It’s not something you must be an elite athlete to participate in.

“We’ve got a lot of different people who are going to participate, and everybody’s welcome to be involved.”

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Dean said people could join the trip to Sydney by carpooling, and accommodation could be organised for those who needed it.

Dean became involved with PPC more than a year ago and was asked by the centre to help with ideas surrounding community engagement and building the organisation’s profile.

PPC then assembled and registered a team for the City2Surf several weeks ago.

“It’s the first attempt for Pro Patria to do something like this and hopefully will help gain the experience for the future,” he said.

“Hopefully, this will become an annual thing, and we can get all the running clubs, sporting clubs, and everybody else locally involved in a more serious ongoing capacity.”

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Dean said the current plan for the money raised via City2Surf would go towards the From Paddock To Plate program for veterans.

The PPC team is welcoming anyone looking to support the team by joining them on the run or through donations.

The team includes casual runners, athletes and veterans.

If you want to join team Pro Patria for the City2Surf or donate, head to the Pro Patria Centre’s website.

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