Run or walk for the children of Gaza in Washington, DC

17 May 2013
17 May 2013
Washington, DC
American Friends of UNRWA (AFU) invites you to join the 2nd annual Gaza Solidarity 5K Walk/Run (and 1 mile fun walk option) on 8 June 2013 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. Held at Washington DC’s beautiful Rock Creek Park, this event is 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.  Last year, the event raised over US$ 50,000 for the children of Gaza, and this year we hope raise more!
Visit today to register for the Gaza Solidarity 5K.  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. 
Join the movement to be a champion to the children of Gaza today!
We would like to extend a special thank you to our generous sponsors: Consolidated Contractors Company, Bank of Palestine, the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey, Azzad Asset Management, ANERA, and the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC).
AFU is an independent non-profit organization that provides support for the humanitarian work of the United Natoins Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) through advocacy, fundraising and education. AFU aims to educate the general American public about the situation of Palestine refugees and generate support for UNRWA’s programmes in the Jordan, the occupied Palestinian territory, Syria and Lebanon. US taxpayers are eligible for tax deductions for donations made through AFU.

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

Abby Smardon
Executive Director
American Friends of UNRWA

Background Information

UNRWA is confronted with an increased demand for services resulting from a growth in the number of registered Palestine refugees, the extent of their vulnerability and their deepening poverty. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions and financial support has been outpaced by the growth in needs. As a result, the UNRWA Programme Budget, which supports the delivery of core essential services, operates with a large shortfall. UNRWA encourages all Member States to work collectively to exert all possible efforts to fully fund the Agency’s Programme Budget. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large shortfalls, are funded through separate funding portals.

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

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