This National Reconciliation Week we’re getting off the couch and joining RunRona to raise funds for health promotion in Aboriginal communities.

Jo Pappas Running

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for everyone to learn about Australia’s shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

Since the early days of the reconciliation movement, a lot has happened, including greater recognition of rights for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, an understanding of the impact of government policies, and an embracing of Indigenous success and contribution.

There is still a lot to be done and everyone can play a role in continuing this journey to reconciliation through building relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This year’s NRW theme is ‘in this together’. And it couldn’t be timelier. It reminds us that whether we are in crisis or reconciliation, we are all #InThisTogether.

What’s RunRona?

RunRona is a virtual run, or walk, during National Reconciliation Week organised by Aboriginal owned and led label Clothing The Gap.

On 30 and 31 May, hundreds of people and families around the country will head out to their local streets to run or walk in support of the event.

100% of profits from the virtual event will support the work of Spark Health in preventing the onset of chronic disease in the Aboriginal and Australian population. Spark Health is an Aboriginal owned and led health promotion agency committed to adding years to Aboriginal people’s lives to close the gap.

Together Clothing The Gap and Spark Health are working to make a difference to the rising levels of inactivity, obesity, and ill mental health in their communities. They hope the social connection and physical activity of RunRona will help boost mental and physical health during these difficult times.

How do I sign up?

Simply head to the RunRona website, select your distance and download your bib. Once you’ve completed your run or walk, you’ll receive a virtual medal designed by Gunditjmara artist, Laura Thompson.

The medal is a memento of staying active and prioritising your health, its design will remind you that you kept your distance physically, but not socially, and with many others, you Ran Rona. See and learn more about the medal.

Finally, if you need a flash new kit for the event, check out Clothing the Gap’s cute activewear range.

Why is Medibank supporting RunRona?

Medibank is committed to reconciliation, through its Reconciliation Action Plan, and advancing health equality of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by supporting community-led initiatives. We recognise the value in providing opportunities for us to stay connected, active, and healthy during this time while supporting innovative, community-led organisations, like Spark Health, who are getting great outcomes in Aboriginal health.


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