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£2,285
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    Weʼve raised £2,285 to Support grassroots Romanian organisations doing incredible work at the border of Ukraine to help war refugees.

    Bucharest
    Funded on Saturday, 2nd July 2022

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    I'm sure all of you, like me, are devastated watching the situation in Eastern Europe from afar, feeling helpless. One of my best friends from University, Maria, is Romanian and lives in Bucharest. Being a bordering country, they are super close to what is happening. Through the collectives and organisations they are already part of that support community around housing, LGBTQ+ issues and the creative arts, they have been very involved in the gigantic effort to help refugees fleeing Ukraine. I've been talking to them a lot about what we can do to help, where can safely accept donations and the most reliable infrastructures to support.

    They have advised "Operation Solidarity" which is working across the border. They are helping all people who need it, and are particularly attuned to the situation for black, indigenous and people of colour who are being pushed aside as they flee their homes. Please see their website here https://operation-solidarity.org/border/. Maria's smaller collective "Filaret 16" in Bucharest are collaborating with Operation Solidarity to give better support in the city and help people coming to Bucharest, and their advice is to send funds directly to Operation Solidarity where there is the best infrastructure and the most need.

    Next week my Dad is racing in the Engadin Marathon in Switzerland, 42km cross-country ski (the one where you sometimes go UP hill, very rarely down..), in a place in the mountains he loves and has taken me ever since I was a child (some pictures below). I have decided to get on a train and join him to raise money for this cause. Please sponsor me to get to the end, I'll need all the encouragement I can get! The race is on the 13th of March - more info about it here: https://www.engadin-skimarathon.ch/en/

    And this is a cause I really believe needs the right kind of help, in the right place.

    All the money we raise will go directly to those who need it. As Operation Solidarity have an international bank account which can't be added to Just Giving I will collect the money over the next week and keep sending it in bank transfers. You can also donate directly to them on their page. Anything you feel you can give would be HUGELY appreciated. Thank you!

    From top: messages between Maria and I, us in Cambridge 2014, first time on snow with my Dad in the valley, my first race, and a recent conversation with Maria about the situation at the border.

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    • Hannah Calascione3 months ago
      Hannah Calascione

      Hannah Calascione

      3 months ago

      For any interested, Operation Solidarity wanted to remind of their blog where any updates of their activity are posted, in case you wanted to see where the funds are going: https://operation-solidarity.org/ E.g. they have distributed sleeping gear, medical and protective equipment across Lviv and Kyiv inc. helmets, tactical medicine, fire blankets, lights, bullet proof vests and lots of food

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    • Hannah Calascione4 months ago
      Hannah Calascione

      Hannah Calascione

      4 months ago

      Thanks again to all of you for sponsoring me in the race. Very relieved to have finished! It was a beautiful sunny day and incredible atmosphere. Nothing like a small child giving you a medal at the finish line to jerk some post race tears!!! Operation Solidarity have expressed huge gratitude too - I am amazed we have raised so much. Thank you again.

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    • Hannah Calascione4 months ago
      Hannah Calascione

      Hannah Calascione

      4 months ago

      Sending another huge thanks to all sponsors from the valley, the day before the marathon. We are excitedly (and a little anxiously) discussing what to eat for breakfast before the big challenge tomorrow. We have raised over £2500 now with donations here and direct transfers to me or Operation Solidarity. They send huge thanks and "wow". Thank you all for your love and support - we will be thinking of you all as we cross the finish!!

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    4 months ago

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    37

    • JOHN & EMMA

      JOHN & EMMA

      Mar 24, 2022

      Well done Hannah

      £100.00

    • Nanna and Nannu

      Nanna and Nannu

      Mar 17, 2022

      Well done Hannah, from Hilltop in Malta!

      £200.00

    • McKenzie Wylies

      McKenzie Wylies

      Mar 16, 2022

      Well done Hannah. What a wonderful way to support the Ukrainian people.

      £100.00

    • Dave Kohler

      Dave Kohler

      Mar 15, 2022

      Congratulations on completing this, especially for such a great cause!Does this mean you are now signed up for Jonathan's intensive Richmond Park training in preparation for next year?!

      £50.00

    • Morgan Peach

      Morgan Peach

      Mar 15, 2022

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Mar 15, 2022

      £40.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Mar 14, 2022

      £40.00

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