Walk or run for the children of Gaza in Washington, DC

09 May 2012

9 May 2012
Washington, DC

American Friends of UNRWA and KinderUSA invite you to join the Gaza Solidarity 5K Walk/Run on 9 June, 2012 in Washington, DC. This family-friendly 5K provides a rare opportunity for people living in the United States to show their solidarity with the children of Gaza. The event is being held at DC’s beautiful Rock Creek Park, so it’s the perfect 5K for parents with strollers, children, walkers and serious runners alike. Funds raised through the Gaza Solidarity 5K Walk/Run will go to UNRWA’s ongoing summer youth activities, providing critical psycho-social support for children in Gaza.

Visit firstgiving.com/unrwausa to register for the Gaza Solidarity 5K. And, if you can’t make it to DC for the race, you can still show your support by fundraising for the race, donating to a runner, or just by spreading the word about the event. So, join the movement to be a champion to the children of Gaza today!

AFU would like to extend special thanks to our generous sponsors: Consolidated Contractors Company, Bank of Palestine, ANERA, PLO Delegation to the United States, Drink More Water, and CI Lanyards.

American Friends of UNRWA (AFU) is an independent non-profit organisation that provides support for the humanitarian work of the UNRWA through advocacy, fundraising and education. AFU aims to educate the general American public about the situation of the Palestine refugees and generate support for UNRWA’s programmes in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. US taxpayers are eligible for tax deductions for donations made through American Friends of UNRWA.

To learn more about the work of American Friends of UNRWA, visit AFU’s website.

For more information, contact:

Abby Smardon
Executive Director
American Friends of UNRWA
abby@friendsunrwa.org

Background Information

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, and microfinance.

Financial support to UNRWA has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees, expanding need, and deepening poverty. As a result, the Agency's General Fund (GF), supporting UNRWA’s core activities and 97 per cent reliant on voluntary contributions, has begun each year with a large projected deficit. Currently the deficit stands at US$ 68.2 million.

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