RUN - Rehabilitating refugees through running and beyond

Rehabilitating refugees through running and beyond

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Hong Kong

March 05, 2018

We RUN together with vulnerable refugees to support them to: Rebuild their mental and physical strength Unite as a community and with the local Hong Kong community Nurture each other through sport, food, friendship and education.

We rehabilitate vulnerable refugees through running and other sports

We help them recover from past traumas in a warm, friendly and safe environment

We support them to develop skills for a more hopeful future

We promote equality and understanding amongst participants and with the local host population

We have a special focus on women

We are a community beyond sport

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RUN Hong Kong

on February 14, 2019 03:00 AM

This year, we'll be joining UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency's "2 Billion Kilometres to Safety" campaign in solidarity with families forced to flee their homes. Will you join us to #stepwithrefugees?

Every year, refugees around the world travel a collective average of 2 billion kilometres to reach the closest point of safety. These journeys are long, difficult, and sometimes even dangerous. To raise awareness about the reality facing refugees around the world, we'll be participating in the campaign and tracking every kilometre that we hike/run through our RUN programmes to add them to the global total.

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RUN Hong Kong

on February 13, 2019 03:00 AM

A big thanks to our friends at Pure Fitness Official Page, Pure Yoga Official Page, and Suits for Success for collecting seven bags of sanitary items and gently-used sports clothes for our refugees! Receiving high quality in-kind donations like this mean that we can give our refugees the items they need to continue running and hiking while keeping our costs low - thank you!

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RUN Hong Kong

on February 12, 2019 02:30 AM

English and IT classes are core to our education programme, because being able to master both enable our refugees to unlock additional learning opportunities online. To ensure that we can equip our refugees with the skills they need to take their education into their own hands, we're adding two new roles to our team - an IT teacher and English teacher. Both roles are part-time and we're looking for individuals who are not only experts in their respective subjects, but are also comfortable with working with individuals from a variety of backgrounds, and exercise patience and empathy with their students. Find out more here:

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RUN Hong Kong

on February 11, 2019 03:30 AM

A few weeks ago, our friends at Joint Dynamics hosted a talk about ultra running and donated proceeds from the tickets to RUN. One of the inspiring speakers of the evening was ultra runner, coach, and author of "Training Essentials for Ultrarunning", Jason Koop of CTS, who shared insights on training, nutrition, and race management. Jason made a spontaneous decision at the event to donate his proceeds from his book sales from the evening to RUN! His support allows us to provide running and hiking sessions to support the rehabilitation of our female refugees.

A huge than you to Jason for his generosity and to Joint Dynamics for organising such a fantastic event!

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RUN Hong Kong

on February 10, 2019 03:30 AM

Congratulations to our amazing volunteer Chris Kwan for surviving the Hong Kong Four Trails Ultra Challenge this week! She is one of only nine individuals to complete all 298km. Chris is one of our regular volunteers for our Hiking to Heal programme for female refugees and she is an inspiration to all of us - we are so proud of her incredible accomplishment!

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Mission accomplished! (Message from Richard)

It was hard with waves at 3 to 4 metres high at times but we did it in a quick time (thanks to a friendly current) in just under 3 hours, having started at 6.45am, and my GPS pointed to a distance of just under 12 km.
In short the conditions were very rough indeed and I had multiple calf cramp episodes but the last hour was a little easier with the waves and current right behind us, taking us home. At times I thought I was in a washing machine – I have been well and truly pummeled! This is the windy side of HK Island – none of this wimpy calm ocean swimming around Repulse Bay etc!

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A group of asylum-seekers, originally from Sudan, Yemen and Somalia, welcomed us at Shek O beach and I managed to talk to them about their stories – what these two charities are doing is amazing!

Again, thank you so so much if you donated. If you haven’t managed to donate, please do! I’m really keen to get to my goal and we are so close. Have a look at the pictures attached – surely a donation is deserved?! Big or small, it all counts!

Here is a link to the donation site again –

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Done and dusted! It was a gorgeous morning for a run. Melbourne turned out its best for us this weekend. The weather was quite warm, and a headwind on the back half made for more challenging conditions. But, I had a solid finish of 3:37:59, eking out my third fastest time.

Thank you all so much! The money raised from this campaign will fund 3 refugee athletes for an entire year. I’m thrilled to be able to support these incredibly brave and inspirational people in this way.

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Less than 48 hours to go! The weather here in Melbourne is gorgeous, if a little warm for racing. But I’m anticipating a great run through a beautiful city on Sunday morning. Thanks to everyone again for their generous support of my RUN HK campaign!

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Less than 48 hours to go! Once again, thanks to everybody who has supported my campaign for RUN HK. The weather here in Melbourne is gorgeous, if a little warm for racing. But I’m anticipating a great run through a beautiful city anyway.

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I'm so thrilled with the response to my campaign. I cannot thank everyone enough. The past week has been a difficult one for training because of the massive typhoon that swept through Hong Kong over the weekend. Before the storm, we had several days of scorchingly hot and humid weather, and then the terrible winds and rain, none of which is good for long distance running outside. So, I've been on the treadmill a lot - BORING! But, I'm going to attempt my last long run this week. Fingers crossed for cooler evenings!

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Wow! I'm blown away by how quickly and generously everyone has responded. Thank you so much!

You all were on my minds last night at the weekly track workout. It was a super steamy night (again!), but our Coach Charlotte had a planned a fairly lengthy workout anyway, 4 sets of 200m/200m/400m. It's been a few months since I've done 400m repeats, and I never do all-out sprints like 200m, it was a much more challenging workout for me than I was expecting!

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You did it! Congratulations, Alex and THANK YOU from all of us at RUN.

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You did it! Congratulations Karen and Ally and THANK YOU from all of us at RUN.

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