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Running for families in Gaza

$4,266 of $5,000 goal
Given by 78 generous donors in 7 weeks

Running 760km in 76 days to fundraise for ReliefAid who are providing life-saving humanitarian aid to families in Gaza Palestine.

Ohope, Bay Of Plenty

Since October 2023, thousands of innocent men, women, and children have been killed in Gaza, and those who are still alive are in desperate need of food, water, medicine, and shelter.

As horrific as the past months have been, the plight of the Palestinian people did not begin in October 2023 but has been ongoing for decades. The 15th of May marked 76 years since the Nakba (catastrophe), which saw many Palestinians experience violence and dispossession with 750,000 Palestinians forcibly removed from their homes and villages. To acknowledge the ongoing Nakba, I have chosen to run 760km over 76 days, starting Sunday 26th of May.

As a mother, seeing what has been happening to innocent and vulnerable children, to their mothers and fathers, and to the Gaza population, has been heartbreaking. Running 760km will be a challenge, but it is nothing compared to what the people of Gaza and the rest of Palestine have had to endure.

For some of the runs, I will be joined by my one-year-old son who I will push in his pram.

Through your generous donations, we can help ReliefAid provide life-saving humanitarian aid to families in Gaza Palestine.

Please demand that your local representatives and governments call for an immediate ceasefire and the release of ALL Palestinian and Israeli hostages.

Colleen Virbickas' involvement (page creator)

I have chosen to fundraise for ReliefAid as it is an independent and impartial organisation who are providing humanitarian aid to families in Gaza Palestine.

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Latest update

Thank you!  24 June 2024

Kia ora legends,

Today I reached day 30 and the 300th kilometre.

These past weeks have been tough! With sore legs and hips, sickness and fatigue, as well as the mental toll of witnessing a genocide against the Palestinian people unfold.

Like many others, I have felt incredibly helpless not being able to bring an end to their immense suffering, and feeling like we are worlds apart. But through your incredible support, we are showing Palestinians that we care and that we stand with them in solidarity within our global community.

Thanks to your kind generosity, the $3,000 donation goal has been passed. And so, with another 46 days and 460kms to go, I have decided that I will increase the goal to $5,000.

If you know anyone who might like to donate to ReliefAid and help Palestinian families in need, please share with them the Give a Little page.

Thank you so much again for your support.

Ngā mihi

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Total distance covered: 550.4 km

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Matt 4 days ago
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Thank you Matt 💛

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Jagadeesh on 07 Jul 2024
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Tegan on 03 Jul 2024
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This campaign started on 25 May 2024 and ends on 18 Aug 2024.