I am 53 y/o ultra-marathoner and former politician Pat Farmer. I once ran from the North Pole to South Pole to raise $100m for the Red Cross and now I’m running across India in 60 days to raise money for girls’ education. AMA!
Pat Farmer here with the Spirit of India team about to cross the border into Goa. I launched my run on January 26 and now we are on day 14 with about 3600km (2236 miles) to go. I started in the southern-most point of India in Kanyakumari and our finish line is in Srinigar, Kashmir up to the base of the Himalayas. We expect to reach there by the end of March.
I served eight years as a federal minister, with 3 years as Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Science and Training in Australia. I have completed humanitarian runs across the world which includes from the North Pole to the South Pole where I ran through 14 countries and raised $100m for the International Red Cross.
You can read more about me here: http://patfarmer.com/about
I am currently running across India to raise money for the Nanhi Kali foundation to support girls’ education, to inspire people and to foster friendship between two great democracies – Australia and India.
At the moment I am joined by my crew manager Katie Walsh and to help me answer questions is journalist/photographer Kevin Nguyen, who has accompanied me for this journey. It’s about 5.30am in India and I will literally be running as I answer your questions.
Kevin: If there is a delay in response it’s likely because our internet has dropped out as we enter a dead zone. We’ll be here for the next two hours or so from 7.15pm EST. Look forward to all your great questions!