by Rachael Crouch
Cherbourg’s Reconciliation Fun Run on the 17th of May attracted a crowd of almost 400 enthusiastic runners who ran, jogged, walked and rolled via wheelchair to raise funds for the Ration Shed Museum, Cherbourg’s historical precinct.
The crowd included a happy mix of Cherbourg’s residents and visitors from out of town including toddlers, mothers pushing prams, lycra-clad runners, serious walkers, not-so-serious walkers, young people, elderly people and people with disabilities: some even racing on motorised wheelchairs.
Cherbourg is Queensland’s third largest Aboriginal community and the Ration Shed Museum is a vital aspect of this dynamic place’s identity. The museum houses a range of historical resources such as archival films, photographic displays and items which reflect the stories of their community, both past and present.
There is also artwork for viewing created by talented local artists. The Fun Run and the events before and after brought a lot of life to the museum, and shed light on what Cherbourg has to offer to those who have never visited before.
Human’s amazingly dedicated Creative Tracks team sponsored a morning tea for Cherbourg’s Elders on Saturday, creating the opportunity for them to meet three inspirational female athletes from the Deadly Choices athletes program: Rhonda Purcell, Miss Olympia Body Builder, Shannon McCann, champion 100m hurdler, and Larissa Chambers, champion 100m sprinter. The morning was filled with much laughter, chatting and cake, and set the tone of excitement for Sunday’s run.
The run began on Sunday morning in the town of Murgon and stretched for 7km, ending in Cherbourg. It’s no small feat for anyone who isn’t a serious runner to go that far, making the day extremely rewarding all around. After the run, the participants were rewarded with lots of live performances including traditional Indigenous ceremonial dances, the Proston Line Dancers, local bands Muddy Flats and Dealin’, Stevie O’Hart and sets by our talented Creative Tracks team members MC Kitch, Kaylah Truth and Garret Lyon. Free banana smoothies also featured much to the happiness of some tired runners.
The weekend was hugely successful; the vibrant sense of community was strengthened by the enthusiasm towards the fundraising for the Ration Shed, and the visitors caught a glimpse into the active and diverse community of Cherbourg. Thanks to everyone who took part!