Southern Queensland Correctional Centre (SQCC) recently held its annual fun run event to promote positive health outcomes and raise money for charity.
This year, more than 150 staff and prisoners participated by running a 3km or 5km race inside the facility to raise money for a worthy cause.
The prisoners elected to raise money for the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, a charity which was established to make Australia a safer place for children. The foundation aims to educate children and young people about how to stay safe in physical and online environments and to support young victims of crime.
SQCC Prison Director Nick Rowe said the fun run had become something the SQCC team and women looked forward to each year as it allowed them to support a cause dear to them.
“Domestic violence is a significant issue that affects many of the women in custody at SQCC. As mothers, aunties, and sisters, they are passionate about creating a safer community for the children in their lives,” Mr Rowe said.
"The annual fun run is a worthwhile event that not only enables the women to give back to the community, but also supports positive health and wellbeing outcomes.”
The women enjoy training for the event with many also participating in the Heart Foundation's regular walking group at the centre, which offers daily opportunities for physical activity.
“It is events like this that underpin our rehabilitation program at SQCC, which has a strong focus on restorative justice and providing opportunities for prisoners to give back to the community,” Mr Rowe said.
More than $1,000 was raised on the day.
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