Long-distance runner Pat Farmer visits residents

Sonia Lim 27 Nov 2023
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Residents and staff at RFBI Raleigh Urunga Masonic Village were recently treated to a surprise visit from a very special guest – none other than long-distance runner and advocate, Pat Farmer. The visit was particularly meaningful as Pat is related to one of the village’s residents, Norm, who happens to be Pat’s uncle.

Pat Farmer, known for his incredible feats of long-distance running, is currently on a remarkable journey known as the ‘Run for the Voice’. This epic run spans an impressive 14,400km around Australia and occurs over six months. The purpose of this ambitious undertaking is to raise awareness, support, and engagement for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament.

Norm’s connection to Pat brought the run close to RFBI Raleigh Urunga Masonic Village, providing a unique opportunity for Pat to stop by, greet his uncle, and spend time with the residents and staff. The village had the privilege of witnessing Pat complete the last leg of his daily 80km run, a truly awe-inspiring moment.

Following his run, Pat took some well-deserved time to connect with the community. He sat with residents in the village’s beautiful garden, sharing stories and enjoying a cup of tea. The atmosphere was one of joy and inspiration as residents had the chance to meet a celebrity and gain insights into Pat’s extraordinary running experiences. Residents were captivated by Pat’s tales of resilience and determination, learning firsthand what it takes to cover such vast distances solo.

Norm, Pat, and Norm’s family seized the opportunity to have a heartwarming catch-up on a beautiful sunny day in the garden. Stories were shared, laughter echoed through the air, and precious moments were spent reminiscing and enjoying each other’s company.

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