Run of a lifetime. Kane Hillman’s Run for Respect: New York Marathon
In 2018, Assistant Principal and long-time White Ribbon Supporter, Kane Hillman, took on the challenge of a lifetime. When the call went out for New York Marathon participants last November, it was the perfect opportunity to get involved in the social change movement at a deeper level.
Although he’d been running for years, this was the first time Kane had the opportunity to run a marathon. And, what a marathon it was! The New York Marathon is a signature event for any avid runner, and Kane had double the incentive to sign up.
As a teacher in the South Australian Department of Education, he’d supported his school’s fundraising and awareness efforts to prevent men’s violence against women for many years. The combination of running the New York Marathon and supporting White Ribbon’s prevention work was the push Kane needed to enter the race of a lifetime. It was an opportunity not be missed out on.
“To me, White Ribbon is an incredibly important organisation. Men’s violence against women in many respects is a cultural issue. It takes organisations like White Ribbon, who boldly promote cultural shift, to have a loud voice in Australian society.”
And so, the training began. While a bit difficult at the age of 43, especially training during the cold winter months, Kane began his journey in February.
“On a long training run, when I felt like giving up, I just needed to remember the impact that organisations like White Ribbon have on changing attitudes in society and I was able to keep running that bit further.”
As with anything that is worth it, the pay-offs were great, both for Kane personally and for the school community. Kane was inspired to see his school, Brighton Secondary School, get behind him. In fact, his fundraising efforts could not have been done without the school community’s support. Their donations of time, resources and money were inspiring.
“As a male educator, I know it’s my responsibility to be part of a solution by promoting and modelling respectful relationships.”
His participation in the New York Marathon gave a common focus to many of the school’s events that year. The Brighton Community was willing to stand up and speak out for social change and their support showed.
After raising over $10,000 for our primary prevention work across Australia, Kane achieved one of his lifelong goals of running the world renowned New York Marathon. What a way to wrap up 2018!
“I would encourage anyone who has an opportunity to do something like this to grab it.”
Thank you to Kane Hillman and all our 2018 New York Marathon runners. Don’t miss your chance to participate in this year’s New York Marathon and raise funds to help fund our prevention programs in schools and communities like yours. Find out how.