About the project

Hi Friends and Family! 

I am running the Melbourne Marathon in December! Yes, the full 42.2km, and I'm also raising funds to support our newly arrived Afghan refugees! 

Following forced displacement, resettlement into a new country brings a whole new set of challenges. Basic and immediate needs include food, clothing, hygiene products and many other things we might take for granted. Other things take a little more time but are essential to set up during resettlement. Learning a new language, finding and setting up a home, learning Australian systems, finding employment, becoming familiar with a new city and way of life, and developing a sense of belonging and social connection are among some of the challenges our new arrivals face. 

Your donation will go to support the newly arrived members of the Afghan football community and their families settle into their new community. Funds raised through this campaign will be used to provide ongoing support, essential items and connection to the football community. Your donation will make a difference.

Women Onside Director Asma Mirzae – herself a former Afghan refugee – and Anne Bunde-Birouste (Football United founder and director of global non-government organisation Street football world) are leading the support group.

Through the Australian Sports Foundation, any donation over $2 is tax deductible so please give generously today!


  • Andrew Lorbeer

    Go get em tiger!

  • Bridget Bishop

    Go Hayley, you're such an inspiration!

  • Andrea and Thomas Lomdahl -Weiss

    Hi Hayley. You have worked so hard for this marathon and we are so excited for you! We look forward to cheering you on on the 12th December. All our love Andrea and Thomas 😘😘😘

  • Steve Willacy

    Gooooo Hayley 😬

  • Phoebe Erickson

    You’re the best! 💪🏽♥️

  • Matthew Weiss

    So proud of you Halys!!!

  • Nancy Cullen

    All the best Hayley with your run ! Such a great cause to fund raise for - go girl 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️You’ve got this 😊

  • Samantha Krieg

    Amazing effort for a great cause, well done lady!

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