‘Gulf Bank 642 Marathon’ part­ners with UNHCR’s ‘Voices for Refugees’

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

The ‘Gulf Bank 642 Marathon’ has part­nered with the UNHCR - The UN Refugee Agency, to raise aware­ness about the plight of Syr­ian refugees through their ‘Voices for Refugees’ cam­paign.

The ‘Voices for Refugees’ is an on­line aware­ness and fundrais­ing cam­paign be­ing con­ducted by UNHCR (the United Na­tions Com­mis­sioner for Refugees) to stand with Syr­ian refuges and make their sto­ries heard so peo­ple will keep re­mem­ber­ing that they are hu­man. It seeks to bring back hope to the men, women, and chil­dren who have lost ev­ery­thing through no fault of their own. To date there are over four mil­lion Syr­ian refugees and 39% are un­der the age of 11. More than 12 mil­lion Syr­i­ans have been forced to aban­don their homes.

Adding your voice is sim­ple, please go to their web­site: www.voices.unhcr.org and add your voice and/or sup­port them fi­nan­cially. By adding your voice to the #Voic­es4Refugees cam­paign, you will be call­ing for im­me­di­ate and prac­ti­cal steps that can im­prove hu­man­i­tar­ian ac­cess and the de­liv­ery of aid to those in need in­side Syria. You will also learn the life sto­ries of what some refugees are be­ing forced to en­dure.

Through this col­lab­o­ra­tion, the ‘Gulf Bank 642 Marathon’ aims to spread aware­ness through­out the com­mu­nity and in­vites you to add your voice in call­ing for con­tin­u­ous hu­man­i­tar­ian ac­tions, and to stop the tar­get­ing of civil­ian and chil­dren in wars. UNHCR works around the world to en­sure that ev­ery­body has the right to seek asy­lum and find safe refuge, hav­ing fled vi­o­lence, per­se­cu­tion, war or disas­ter at home. Since 1950, UNHCR has been pro­tect­ing the rights and well-be­ing of refuges all over the world. They have pro­vided vi­tal as­sis­tance to save lives and build bet­ter fu­tures for mil­lions forced from home. Their work and ad­vo­cacy helps trans­form bro­ken lives by pro­vid­ing pro­tec­tion, shel­ter, ac­cess to health­care, and safe­guard­ing in­di­vid­u­als.

This year’s marathon will take place on Satur­day, 19 Novem­ber at Souq Sharq. It in­cludes: Fam­ily Fun Run for new be­gin­ners (5KM); the Souq Run for reg­u­lar run­ners (10KM), the Half Marathon for more ad­vanced run­ners (21KM); and the Full Marathon (42KM). The route for the race will start and end at Souq Sharq and take place on Gulf Road, pass­ing by Kuwait Tow­ers, the Gulf Bank head of­fice, and other land­marks. We will again be co­or­di­nat­ing with rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties to close the road to en­sure the safety of the walk­ers and run­ners.

To find out more about the Gulf Bank 642 Marathon, visit the ded­i­cated web­site at: www.gulf­bank642­marathon.com or its In­sta­gram ac­count GulfBank642. The num­ber 642 rep­re­sent the num­ber of mus­cles in the hu­man body.

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