SISU: Doing Something About Violence

Sisu means extraordinary determination, courage and resilience in the face of adversity. Emelia Lahti

Emelia from Finland is here in New Zealand

By Roger Childs

I was one of hundreds of millions who experience domestic violence at the hands of a domestic partner. That was seven years ago in New York. Her motto now is Sisu not silence.

She has built a campaign to increase awareness of the problems and show survivors that there is a lot of life on the other side of the trauma.

So what’s she doing in New Zealand?

On January 18 she will start at Cape Reinga to run to  Invercargill. Along the way she will organise events and encourage people to join her and/or follow her progress online.

A punishing schedule

(Credit: warrior coffee)

North Island: South to Auckland, then via Hamilton, Rotorua, Taupo, Wanganui and on to Wellington.

South Island: Starting in Nelson then over to Westport and on through Wanaka and Queenstown to Invercargill.

The aim is to do the equivalent of 50 ultra-marathons in 50 days!

It’s a big ask, and not even New Zealand’s top ultra-marathoner, Lisa Tamati, could keep up a less demanding schedule when she did her south to north venture a few years ago. One must know more about domestic violence and its different types because it is possible that many women aren’t even aware of abuse and think that it is okay because it is normalized.

We wish Emelia well, her cause is very important for every community.

We will keep you posted.

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