Here’s Why Former Australian MP Pat Farmer Is Running from Kanyakumari to Kashmir


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Australia’s ultra-marathon running legend Pat Farmer is now in India. In his 20-year-long running career, Pat has raised millions of dollars for various causes like Cancer Council, Australian Red Cross, and so on. Pat also served as a Member of Australia’s Parliament for eight years.

He is well-known for finishing a ‘Pole to Pole’ run, during which he ran from the North Pole to the South Pole, and raised 100,000 Australian dollars for Australian Red Cross.

Pat is in currently undertaking the ‘Spirit of India’ run.

Through this run, Pat hopes to raise money for the education of the girl child in India.

The run was flagged off in Kanyakumari on January 26 and will end in Srinagar on March 30. Pat will cover a distance of over 4,600 km in 60 days. He will cover 12 states and pass through cities like Mumbai, Surat, Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Ajmer, Jaipur, Agra, New Delhi, and Chandigarh.

The event is also intended to promote India-Australia relations and expose Australians to the real side of India. The documentary will showcase unknown parts of India.  To make this happen, Pat is being accompanied on his run by a documentary crew – a film director and camera persons. He is also accompanied by his physiotherapist.

The Ministry of External Affairs has created a live page tracking Pat’s run.

Pat is also hoping that people will run with him.

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Pat, who runs between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m., wants ordinary people to come and join him for at least 10 or 15 minutes.

The fundraising is in association with the K.C. Mahindra Education Trust. For more details, visit their website.

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