Bounding Plains for our Shared Humanity.
Running 4000km from Cooktown to Melbourne.
Starting 23 November 2017, Cassie Cohen and Jackson Bursill are running 4000km from Cooktown to Melbourne, sharing the remarkable stories of refugees who arrived in Australia after fleeing persecution and conflict abroad.
For every day that the pair are running, a story will be shared on this website and on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram). The featured person will ideally be someone local to the area Cassie and Jackson are passing through at the time. By sharing the positive success stories of the former refugees, they hope to celebrate Australia’s multiculturalism and those who have made our country a better place since they arrived.
The project also hopes to raise funds for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre who provide legal, education, and employment services, as well as healthcare, community development and food to more than 3,000 people each year.
100 days, 100 stories to share
Each day of the run is dedicated to telling the story of a person who arrived in Australia as a refugee.
We are interviewing and gathering stories about individuals from Australia’s refugee community.
Submit a Story
We’d love to share as many asylum seeker stories as possible. If you have a story to share or know someone who does, please fill out the form through the link below and we’ll be in touch.Submit a Story
Help Our Newest Australians
We’re raising funds for the ASRC as they provide vital legal, education and health services to asylum seekers, helping them to overcome the challenges of adapting to living in a new country and culture. For many, the centre is the first and only resource they have to help them through the stressful process of resettlement. The centre empowers our newest Australians to find their feet, settle into the community and ultimately, to contribute to the diversity that gives our society strength.
As we are trying to highlight local stories, our route will take us through most of the major cities and towns between Cooktown and Melbourne.
If you would like to join us for any part of our run, please do! As we get closer to the start, we will have a better idea of where we will be and when. You’ll also be able to track us using the GPS tracker map which will go live closer to the start of the challenge.
Why Cooktown? Cooktown is the spot where Captain Cook came a shore to survey the reef and repair the Endeavour in 1770. You could say that the Endeavour and it’s crew were Australia’s first boat people. It’s the place we’ve chosen to start as it is symbolic of how all non-indigenous Australians have immigrated from somewhere else in the world to start a life here.
We would also like to use this location to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands that we will run through. We pay our respects to those Elders past and present.
The run will finish at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre on Nicholson St, Footscray in Melbourne.
If you’d like to join any of our training runs, send us a message on the Facebook page