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 December 11, 2018 01:09 AM

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RUN Hong Kong

on December 11, 2018 01:00 AM

Thanks to the awesome T8 team for designating today (11th Dec) as "RUN Tuesday"! 😍 100% of profits on purchases made today will be donated to RUN. Get yourself (and your loved ones) some performance trail running gear, designed specially to help you hit your training and race goals in Hong Kong's tropical weather conditions!

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RUN Hong Kong

on December 10, 2018 03:30 AM

Today is Human Rights Day - 70 years since the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document that recognises the rights that we are all entitled to as humans, regardless of our backgrounds or where we come from. A few years after this important document was signed, the UN Refugee Convention was created to specifically protect the rights of refugees. While China is a signatory, this still has not yet been extended to Hong Kong, meaning that refugees are vulnerable to human rights abuses.

We invite you to join us in standing #WithRefugees today, calling on the Hong Kong government to establish the laws and policies that recognise and respect the rights of refugees, including the right to work. If you haven't yet, please sign the UNHCR #WithRefugees petition (, and if you've signed it, please share this with at least one friend and encourage them to sign, too!

Building a Hong Kong that welcomes and respects refugees will take all of us, and we hope you'll join us.

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RUN Hong Kong

on December 9, 2018 04:00 AM

When it comes to building a more welcoming, diverse, and equal Hong Kong, we believe that everyone has a part to play. For those in the corporate community, there are many ways to get involved with supporting RUN and our refugees!

We have recently enjoyed getting to know our new friends at Dimension Data Asia Pacific, who came out en masse to participate in our RUN Charity Race. "Fantastic well-run event with a festival vibe celebrating diversity whilst raising awareness for this important cause," says Warren Lockner of Dimension Data.

The team were so inspired by their experience at the Race that they recently hosted a movie night to watch The Good Lie, a heartfelt movie depicting the struggle of Sudanese refugees fleeing to a developed country. The movie night gave the team an opportunity to dig deeper into the challenges that refugees face and to meet some of our refugees. "I was deeply moved by the stories of their past, but extremely inspired by the stories of their future," says Keith Austin of Dimension Data.

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RUN Hong Kong

on December 8, 2018 04:00 AM

Meet Kate Leckie, who is a student at Canadian International School of Hong Kong and our superstar IT teaching volunteer. During her time with us, Kate has spearheaded a fantastic computer literacy programme for 16 adult refugees and counting. She teaches weekly IT classes to refugees, some of whom had never used a computer before, but have now gained the skills needed to start taking university classes online! Kate offers friendship, kindness, and empathy, particularly with the students who are much older than her and have often suffered the worst human rights abuses. Thank you, Kate, for your commitment to and compassion for refugees in Hong Kong!

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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!

Please find some evidence attached.

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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