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2nd Annual Walk For All Refugees

2nd Annual Walk For All Refugees

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2nd Annual #Walk4AllRefugees is a three-week virtual challenge to raise awareness and express solidarity with refugees.

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Join us for our second annual walk-a-thon! Walk for All Refugees is a virtual movement challenge that aims to express our solidarity with refugees around the world as they take extreme physical risks to reach safety for themselves and their families. The Refugee Solidarity Network works to ensure refugees have access to legal protection and are able to enjoy their human rights after making these difficult journeys. We are raising funds to continue supporting refugees and are pleased to have our whole staff participating by #WalkingforSolidarity.

This year, the three routes we have chosen reflect the often dangerous landscapes refugees must traverse after being forcibly displaced: the Darién Gap, a remote, 67-mile stretch of jungle; East Ukraine, where conflict and freezing temperatures threaten travelers heading 51 miles to the border; and Afghanistan, where refugees must navigate 48 miles, or often much more, of mountainous and arid terrain.

You are invited to join the Walk for All Refugees and to share our challenge with your friends, families, and colleagues around the world. Together we will raise awareness of the challenges refugees face and of the ongoing efforts to protect their rights.

Thank you for your support!

How it Works

  • Choose a distance you consider a challenge! This could be 48, 51, 67 miles or more!
  • After choosing a distance, sign up and invite friends to join you (register by May 13th to get 10% off with code Solidarity10).
  • Walk / run / hike / bike / swim / row between June 1-20. Whether you complete the full distance or just a few steps, you'll help raise awareness and funds for refugee rights.
  • Share your photos and results on social media using #Walk4AllRefugees or #TogetherInSolidarity and tag us @RefugeeSolidarityNetwork on Facebook and @refsolntwrk on Instagram, and we’ll share your post!
  • Get recognized for your efforts: helping protect refugee rights is an incredible reason to donate. Whoever recruits the highest number of participants will receive a $50 value gift card. The first three people to complete each of the above distance challenges will receive a unique Refugee Solidarity Network tote bag. On Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022, 9 winners will be announced!


The Challenge:

Simply lace up your sneakers and hit your local neighborhoods, tracks, parks, or treadmill to walk, run, bike, hike, canoe, or any other type of exercise between Wednesday June 1st and Monday June 20, 2022 (World Refugee Day) at 5 pm ET. Each registration includes a downloadable race bib and finisher certificate. You have three weeks to complete this challenge at your own pace and convenience.

Throughout the challenge, we will be sharing more about the journeys that Afghan, Haitian, Venezuelan, and Ukrainian refugees and asylum-seekers take. Follow our social media to stay informed and help us spread awareness!

Tracking Your Progress:

Tracking Your Progress: You can track your exercise using your fitness app of choice. Although not required, we encourage you to submit your final results on this form by 5 pm on Monday, June 20th in order to become eligible for a prize.

Walk For All Refugees is open to everyone. This is a great opportunity to engage your friends and families in a challenge to stay active and to raise awareness. By #WalkingforSolidarity, you are also supporting RSN’s vital work and helping to protect the rights of refugees around the world.

Thank you for supporting us and standing in solidarity with refugees! We can’t wait to see your pictures on social media!

Frequently Asked Questions

How were routes for the Walkathon selected?

One key purpose of this challenge is to raise awareness of the perilous journeys refugees take to reach a safe destination. We provided segments of actual routes taken by some Afghan, Haitian, Venezuelan, and Ukrainian forced migrants and asylum seekers. Although for others this journey takes much longer, we want to make it feasible for our participants to experience in some way what it feels like to walk in the shoes of refugees.

When I purchase a ticket, do I have to participate in the challenge?

Participation is NOT mandatory. You can simply purchase a ticket(s) and opt not to participate in the challenge. However, we hope you find the experience personally valuable. This is an opportunity to walk in solidarity with those escaping conflict and hardships.

I really want to support your cause. Can I donate instead of purchasing tickets?

Absolutely! You can still support us by clicking here and donating any amount. Or, you can donate by purchasing a ticket ($25, $30, $35). Just click the register button above.

Is completing the race distance mandatory?

No, it is NOT. Whether you complete the full distance or just a few steps, you'll be helping us raise awareness and funds for refugee rights. For example, if you purchased a ticket to take the Afghanistan route for $25, you do NOT have to complete the 48 miles. You can count that as your donation amount.

I don’t have a lot of time. What kinds of activities do you recommend?

We know it isn’t feasible for all participants to consistently reach daily mileage goals. Choose a reasonable distance and an activity you enjoy - biking, jogging, kayaking - and do it anywhere you wish! If possible, incorporate the activity into your commute. For an added challenge, bring your kids or pets along or consider adding weights. Just track your miles and have fun!

Is there a limit to how many people I invite?

You can invite as many people as you wish. In fact, you can earn a $50 value gift card if you recruit the greatest number of people! We also recommend doing the activities with a buddy - it’s safer and more fun.

Can I just go to the gym?

Exercising at the gym counts toward your miles! Please be mindful of local health regulations.

Further Information

To learn more about this initiative, our global work, its impact, and other ways of getting involved, visit our website.

For any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out via e-mail: development@refugeesolidaritynetwork.org.

Don’t forget to follow our social media: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn & Twitter!

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