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Film makes a fitting fundraiser for marathon mums

By Tara Whitsed

The haunting story of a Western Sydney-based ghost hunter will be screened in Shepparton this month as part of a fundraising effort for Goulburn Valley Centre Against Sexual Assault which has been a year-long campaign for Shepparton’s ‘marathon mums’ Kathy Fuller and Narelle Pell.

Fittingly, the the 100-minute documentary Ghosthunter tells the story of childhood trauma survivor Jason King as he seeks to reconcile his fractured memories and piece together his past. When his search converges with a police investigation, a horrific family secret is exposed — forcing him to confront a brutal past in order to reclaim his future.

Ms Fuller and Ms Pell have made a huge effort to raise much-needed funds for Goulburn Valley Centre Against Sexual Assault, taking on the enormous challenge of running 12 marathons in 12 months across 12 different locations.

With just three marathons to go, the women will head to Melbourne this weekend to take part in the Melbourne Marathon.

‘‘This movie heavily focuses on trauma,’’ Ms Fuller said.

‘‘It ties in with what we are really strongly advocating for in the Goulburn Valley with our campaign.’’

The event will also be attended by Ghosthunter impact producer Jackie Turnure who will give a talk.

Turnure is a three-time Emmy-award-winning impact producer with more than 15 years’ experience producing digital content and impact marketing for film studios, television networks and production companies.

While he will not speak at the event, child sexual abuse whistleblower Peter Fox will also be in attendance ahead of his talk at GV Brain the following evening.

Mr Fox was instrumental in the instigation of the royal commission into child sexual abuse.

Ms Fuller expressed her excitement that the pair had almost reached their fundraising goal.

‘‘Our fundraising goal is in sight but we really need a final push from everyone for us to get there,’’ she said.

‘‘I think with the help of everyone following us and supporting us we will be able to hit our goal.’’

Next month’s fundraiser event will be a garden party hosted by Andrew and Linda Prentice.

‘‘Our last run will be held in Shepparton and will be an extravaganza celebration on Sunday, December 16,’’ Ms Fuller said.

Ghosthunter will be screened at The University of Melbourne, 49 Graham St, Shepparton on Tuesday, October 23 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. The event is free but attendees must register via EventBrite online.

GV CASA provides free and confidential counselling, information, advocacy and support to all people who have been affected by sexual assault. The services are provided throughout Greater Shepparton, Moira, Mitchell, Murrindindi and Strathbogie shires. Phone the centre on 58312343 if you need support.