Former Australian MP launches peace run for Middle East peace

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May 05, 2014
Former Australian MP Patrick Farmer held on Wednesday a press conference in which he announced his peaceful initiative to "run for peace in the Middle East in order to consolidate peace and tolerance in the region."
 
This report will shed light on the peace run launched by the Australian MP in a bid to ease tensions in the troubled region.
 



In 2011/12 Pat Farmer ran over 20,000km's to raise funds for the International Red Cross. His next adventure is the Middle East Peace Run #MEpeacerun

“The purpose of the run is to unite all people through my footsteps regardless of borders and to encourage as many people as possible to simply run with me and not be concerned with what country any of us come from, but to simply draw on our commonality of love of running and humanity. This run is purely symbolic of unity through sport and I will not be raising funds for particular causes, the message is cause enough. I am hoping to run with thousands of people over the 20 days”- Pat Farmer

Pat Farmer is a professional ultramarathon runner. Inspired by the great Cliffy Young, Pat ran in the Sydney to Melbourne race back when he was just 18 years old. 
Since then, Pat has accomplished some of the greatest feats on Earth. In 2011/12 Pat ran over 20,000km's from the North Pole to the South Pole, through Canada, America, Central America and South America. Taking 10 months and 13 days, Pat ran every day, averaging 80km's a day. 
Pat has broken world records and created some of his own. In his latest adventure Pat will run in the Middle East to inspire peace and create awareness, in Australia, of the beauty found in the countries he is running though. The run will take place from the 1st to the 20th of March 2014. To follow this journey head to www.patfarmer.com and to view the latest photos.

Pat Farmer's latest adventure will take place in the Middle East encompassing Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and Palestinian territories. The purpose of this endurance run is not to raise funds but to create awareness of the desire for peace in these nations. It is also about creating awareness, within Australia, of the beauty found in these countries of the Middle East. For more information or to follow Pat's journey head to www.patfarmer.com or #MEpeacerun for photos.

Background on Pat: 
Pat is a multiple world record holder for endurance running. He has run around Australia and across North America twice. Pat served 8 years as a Member of Australia’s Parliament, with 3 years as Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Science and Training.

In 2011/12 Pat ran from the North Pole to the South Pole, more than 20,000km's, to raise funds for the International Red Cross. Pat ran every day- no days off- for 10 months and 13 days, averaging 80km's per day. 

Winner of “Achiever of the Year” (2000), awarded by Prime Minister, John Howard. Pat has raised millions of dollars for causes during his 20-year running career including Lifeline, Cancer Council, and Diabetes Australia. Pat is a widower and single father of two children, Brooke (15) and Dillon (13).

 

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