Gaza Solidarity 5K Walk/Run in Washington, DC breaks records!

20 June 2013

Washington, DC

With nearly 400 participants, the second annual American Friends of UNRWA (AFU) Gaza Solidarity 5K Walk/Run in Washington, DC, on 8 June,was a huge hit! The event raised over US$ 92,000 – nearly double what was raised at last year’s 5K event – for UNRWA’s psychosocial support programme, which provides counselling to Gazan children suffering from PTSD and other psychological trauma. These funds will help more than 3,000 children in Gaza access the summertime counselling they need.

Participants came from all walks of life, but all were running with the children of Gaza on their minds. As one participant, Guillermo, said: "The children need all the help they can get, because while you don‘t see it in the news, their suffering is going on every day." To see why others participated in the event, check out the video below.

AFU would like to thank all of the participants and sponsors: Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Consolidated Contractors Company, Qatar Foundation International, Bank of Palestine, Embassy of Qatar, Embassy of Turkey, Azzad Asset Management, ANERA, United Palestinian Appeal, the Institute for Palestine Studies and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

AFU looks forward to the third annual Gaza Solidarity 5K Walk/Run in Washington, DC next spring!

American Friends of UNRWA

American Friends of UNRWA (AFU) is an independent non-profit organization 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 online.

For more information, or to be sponsor or participant in next year’s 5K, contact:

Abby Smardon
Executive Director
American Friends of UNRWA
[email protected]

Two UNRWA students from Gaza enjoy recess in their first day of school. © 2017 UNRWA Photo by Rushdi Al-Saraj
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