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On 26th August I am going to walk 54KM along the South Coast to raise money for Refugee Youth Service as part of the Action Challenge event where many people will be walking for chosen charities.
A friend of mine and many of you in our community know, Micheal MacAoidh (otherwise fondly known as Nurse - because he is one), has been working tirelessly and with love with young people in Calais the last couple of years. He is there now. I would like to support the young people he works with, with this act. If you too have been inspired by Nurse, or have felt you wanted to do your bit to help young people who are effected by this humanitarian crisis then this is a great way for you to be able to contribute and make a difference to people's lives.
Refugee Youth exists to combat alienation and despair amongst young refugees by promoting opportunities for their development. Young people work together to create an environment of friendship and belonging in which they can inspire each other and gain strength and power through creative learning.
When I signed up to walk in this event I was disappointed to see that Refugee Youth is not listed, so I have self funded to take part. I thought it is is symbolic gesture to walk for Refugee Youth along the South Coast as a symbol of openness, love and support for people fleeing their countries, that there are people in the UK who welcome them with peace, love and solidarity.
In 2015 I got really into walking and did some fundraising for another charity and it is about time I set my self another personal challenge for this chosen charity.
In our current political climate it is important to consider which acts one can do to be of help in one's local community and further afield no matter how small, I feel these gestures really do help.
Thank you. With peace and love, Martina.
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