“World Refugee Day is an occasion to build empathy and understanding for the plight of people seeking refuge and to recognize their resilience in rebuilding their lives. No matter who you are or where you come from, pandemic or not; every one of us can make a difference. Every action counts.” – UNHCR – United Nations High Commission for Refugees
I’ve got big plans for World Refugee Day. Please join me – virtually!
Let’s do what we can on this day to support refugees.
See ideas below!
In the morning – a walk
The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend has been changed to an individual event. Though no one is gathering to run the race, everyone doing the Charity Challenge is participating individually. I’m walking 5K to raise funds for the sponsorship of Rebecca, Ricky, and family.
I’ve been working on this sponsorship with some new friends in Ottawa who are part of the Ottawa South Committee for Refugee Support – who work alongside Trinity Anglican Church (Ottawa). My goal for this event is to raise $1000, and I’m delighted to say that I’m nearly half way there!
Participants like me have until mid-September (I think) to complete the event and everyone will be doing the event on their own, for physical distancing. I’ve chosen to complete the 5K walk, and because I’m raising money for refugee sponsorship, I thought World Refugee Day would be the perfect day to do it!
I invite you to support me as I complete my 5K. I would SO appreciate it. I know that Hassan, Eli, Rebecca, Ricky, Jonathan, and little Veronica would love it, too! If we reach our goal, we’ll be $1000 closer to the $45,000 or so we need to have on hand to be able to submit the sponsorship paperwork to the Canadian Government.
Please donate online at my Tamarack Race Fundraising page here: https://raceroster.com/events/2020/24011/tamarack-ottawa-virtual-race-weekend-2020/pledge/participant/8299341
Since I’ve decided to “Walk for Refuge” I also thought it would be nice to take a portion of my walk through a refuge of my own – Guildwood Forest – which is close to home. I promise to share photos!
Maybe I’ll even see this guy like I did a couple weeks ago. I’ll keep my distance 🙂
In the evening – an online meetup!
Many of my friends know I volunteer with AURA. AURA is hosting an “At-home Gala” in honour of World Refugee Day this year. Since the gala is “at home” participants can do whatever they want!
I’m choosing to host an online get-together from 7-8:30pm. If you’d like to join me, please email me by Thursday, June 18 at 7pm to let me know so I can send you the link to join. I’ll even buy you a ticket so that your participation can support AURA! Then, at 7pm, grab your favourite beverage and hop online for a visit! How great would it be to meetup online with people who care about suporting refugees. If I can make the tech work, we could try having a watch party!
A little while ago, I came across a 30-minute episode of the Australian TV series “You Can’t Ask That.” In it, half a dozen different family groups – people who went to Australia as refugees – answer questions about their experiences. It’s heartwarming, eye-opening and all around beautiful, and I’d love to share it with you!
Hope to see you there!