Run for refugees | ActionAid UK

Run for refugees

11 September 2015

Here at ActionAid we've been overwhelmed by how the refugee crisis has touched the whole world. The distances many people have travelled are vast, as they escape from conflicts in Syria and other war-torn countries to try and find safety. Join us to walk or run for refugees to help raise money for our Refugee Crisis Appeal.​

Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan
Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan

The three distances below represent parts of the long and dangerous journeys that many people are being forced to make. By running or walking these distances, you can show your solidarity with refugees while reflecting on the distances that they face and raising money for our appeal.

Run 3km

This is the distance from one side of the Zaatari refugee camp to the other. Zaatari is the largest refugee camp in Jordan, and more than 430,000 people have passed through the camp since since 2012.

Run 12km

This is the length of the beach where boats carrying refugees to the Greek island, Lesbos, are arriving. Many are walking this distance after arriving on the island just to reach the first organised support point. There are currently approximately 2,000 refugees arriving on the island each day.

Run 32km 

Others are braving this long and treacherous jouney to Europe. 32km is just 1% of the total journey from Aleppo, Syria to Vienna, Austria

Map showing the distance from Aleppo, Syria, to Vienna in Austria.

By getting friends and family to sponsor your run you could help raise vital funds to support our Refugee Crisis Appeal. Just choose a free organised park run near you and sign up to get your fundraising pack. Share what you’re up to on social media using the hashtag #Run4Refugees and don’t forget to tag us with @ActionAidUK on Twitter or @ActionAidUK@ on Facebook.


Sign up to Run for Refugees


Want to help but don’t want to run?

If you’d like to raise funds but don’t want to run then here are three simple ways to fundraise:
  • Organise a collection: hold an emergency collection at your workplace, local area or supermarket.
  • Sell your unwanted clothes: many refugees fled their homes in Syria, only taking with them what they could carry. Sell your old clothes at a carboot sale or on ebay and raise funds to provide families with much needed essentials.
  • Feed your friends: invite friends over for dinner and ask them to make a donation towards our appeal.


Register your fundraising event