Red Cross calls on people to go the extra mile to support refugees

Type: News Item Date Published: 8th August 2019

Would you get involved in a physical challenge if you knew it would help some of the most vulnerable people in the UK?

The British Red Cross believe that every refugee matters. That’s why they are asking everyone across Scotland to get active and take part in Miles for Refugees, a brand new fundraising challenge that will help refugees and people seeking asylum in the UK to get the support they need to rebuild their lives.

People make desperate journeys because they are truly desperate. In the face of conflict or persecution, refugees are often forced to travel hundreds, if not thousands of miles to reach a place of safety. Miles for Refugees allows you to pick the distance of one of these journeys and cover the miles during the month of September.

Cycle the distance of Damascus to Athens (1,000 miles), run the distance between Calais and London (108 miles) or select another one of the journeys you’d like to complete, either individually, or part of a team.

Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton is backing the challenge. You can visit British Red Cross website and watch Victoria’s video to find out how to get involved.

Whether you choose to walk, run, cycle or swim, the money you raise will help the British Red Cross to ensure that all refugees are made to feel welcome in their communities and are given the support they need to rebuild their lives in safety.

Your miles can change the lives of refugees this September. Learn more and sign up at (this link will take you away from our website)


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