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Run towards a domestic-violence-free future for Brisbane at Darkness to Daylight

Over the past 25 years, Challenge DV has been at the forefront in the fight against domestic violence in Brisbane – on Wednesday and Thursday May 29 and 30, its event of the year Darkness to Daylight returns.

Apr 02, 2024, updated Apr 05, 2024

Darkness to Daylight has been taking over Brisbane for one night of fundraising, awareness building and reflection for over a decade. The 110-km run (or walk) invites you to make every step count – with each kilometre representing one of the lives lost each year to domestic violence.

Challenge DV was born out of the mission to end domestic and family violence in Brisbane. In the years since it first launched, the organisation has remained dedicated to improving the response to the growing domestic and family violence crisis. Through its advocacy work and workplace training programs, Challenge DV has played a crucial role in the prevention of domestic violence and instigating the change needed to end domestic violence once and for all. Community sits at the heart of this fight, and events like Darkness to Daylight help unleash the true power of what’s possible when communities unite for a common cause. 

Darkness to Daylight earns its name from its longest event – which sees hundreds of passionate Brisbaners run or walk 110-km overnight in the fight against DV. The 110-km event can be done in teams – participants can tag team the overnight run in 5-km intervals, or join the 10-km and 3-km runs (or walks) in the early morning of Thursday May 30. Whether you’re a budding trackstar or love taking it slow, Darkness to Daylight is open to one and all. The goal isn’t setting new personal bests – it’s an opportunity to come together and raise awareness in the fight against domestic and family violence. 

The event circuit begins at Parliament House and continues through the lush City Botanical Gardens, over the Goodwill Bridge and back. Darkness to Daylight is the only event of its kind held on the Parliament House grounds, and this special location represents the significance of the cause as the wider Brisbane community comes together to remember the lives lost at the hands of the domestic and family violence crisis. This year’s fundraising goal is $350,000 and the funds raised through Darkness to Daylight have a direct effect on mitigating domestic violence in our own community. The event helps to facilitate Challenge DV’s holistic suite of prevention work, including workplace programs, respectful relationships programs and strategic partnerships. 

Learn more about Darkness to Daylight and find out how you can get involved via its website. Lace up your shoes and we’ll see you at the start line.

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