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Run The Sahara 2016

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"Unforgettable mentally and physically. The camps are a fascinating place to visit. I would recommend this journey to anyone  as it definitely changes your point of view."

Tomasz Laczny, 2015 UK Participant 

Some of us here are doing the run for the first time in 2016. Others are going back for another round. Either way, we are  joining next year's run because we believe it's an important way to show our solidarity with the Saharawi refugees, who have been living in camps in the harsh Algerian desert since 1975. 


This year, the sponsorship money we raise will be used to assist local cultural projects after the recent torrential rains in the Saharawi refugee camps (Oct 17-27, 2015). The floods and mass destruction of houses, hospitals, schools and other buildings have affected more than 90,000 people, leaving more than 25,000 refugees homeless and without access to food, clean water and medication.

As a small-sized organisation, Sandblast has been asked by the marathon organisers to focus their fundraising efforts on rebuilding small local projects, key for the restablishment of daily life in the camps. We are therefore more motivated than ever to raise funds in support of the Saharawis, and hope you will, too!


Our team fundraising target is £20K. This will enable us to rebuild and re-equip cultural centres and schools in the five residential camps, as well as to assist musicians that have lost everything during the floods.

Whatever you can give- big or small- will  all  help  us  to  reach  our  goal. Please spread the word and thanks for your support!


We know the week spent with our host refugee families in the camps will be unforgettable and life-changing. We invite you to join us and be part of history next year.

In 2016, it will be 40 years since the Saharawis self-proclaimed the birth of the  Saharawi  Arab  Democratic Republic  (SADR)  on  February 27. This state- in-exile is based  in  the refugee camps. It is  recognised  by over 80 countries world-wide and is a full member  state  of  the  African Union.  

To  express our solidarity we would like to recruit 40 runners to echo the 40th anniversary of the SADR and help get more support for the Saharawis  to  reach  their  dreams for  self-determination.

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Raised: 70%

Team target: £20,000.00

Raised so far: £14,083.37

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Beccy Allen

Beccy's Run the Sahara 2016 page

131 donations



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Shelley Booth

Shelley's Sahara Marathon 2016 page

65 donations



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Minh Dat Hy

Minh Dat Hy - 'Run the Sahara 2016'

108 donations



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Jorge Ferrer

Jorge's Run the Sahara

24 donations



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Robert Harding

Bob runs the desert

41 donations



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Annette Gibbons-Warren

Annette's Sahara Marathon page

31 donations



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Andy Mcnamara

Andy's Run the Sahara 2016 page

23 donations



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