This year we had 60 students from ANU running from Canberra to Sydney over 2 days in the annual Civic2Surf!
The race first began in 2011 when 6 students ran from Canberra-Sydney over 4 days after hearing our founder, Sebastian Robertson, share his story for the first time. The event was the first major donor to batyr and it has always maintained itself as student led and student run fundraiser.
It’s amazing to the event still running six years on, with more and more young people sharing their story.
Below we have the story of James, batyr Being Herd participant, two time C2S participant and 2018 C2S Vice-President, re-posted from the Civic2Surf page.
“When I did Civic2Surf for the first time, I was not really sure what I was getting myself into. Having lived with diagnosed clinical depression, and everything that comes with that, for the last five or so years, this was definitely a cause that I felt passionately about. Still, I think in first year I was so caught up doing Civic2Surf to help other people that I didn’t see that everything Civic2Surf and batyr stood for still applied to me. After my second Civic2Surf, I began to see this irony and eventually started to find the courage to confide in my friends about what I had been through. The support I got from my friends was overwhelmingly positive and it is this support that has made it so much easier for me to reach out for help when I’ve needed to since. The change I’ve seen in myself over the last two years led me to want to be on the Civic2Surf committee for this year in the hope that I might help others in the same way.”