Video: Gaza Marathon 2013 Now Open for Runners

Dec 21 2012 / 2:28 am

By UNRWA – Gaza

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has opened the registration for the 2013 Gaza Marathon: a 42-kilometre run along the coastline of the Gaza Strip in April next year.

Organized to fund UNRWA’s program of fun summer activities for Gazan children, the marathon will host runners from the US, Europe and elsewhere, as well as local stars such as recent Olympic contender Nader al Masri, and the young people of Gaza.

One of the most-densely populated places in the world and characterized by extreme poverty and ongoing conflict, Gaza is a difficult place for children to grow up. The recent eight-day conflict in Gaza and southern Israel weighed particularly heavily on children, with hundreds of homes destroyed and evidence of psychological trauma in many of the 225,000 children attending UNRWA schools in the Strip.

In recent years, each summer UNRWA has organized a program of fun activities for children in Gaza aimed at soothing the trauma of conflict and blockade. Through expressive activities like theatre, sport and art, children are encouraged to have fun as well as given the personal tools to cope with the difficult events they have witnessed.

“I’m happy to declare this marathon open to all entrants”, said director of UNRWA operations in Gaza Robert Turner.

“We have already been inundated with requests to take part from keen runners all over the world”, he added.

“We hope that from today, people will sign up to join us, raising funds and awareness to bring fun and hope to the children of Gaza”.

Learn more about the Gaza marathon, including how to sign up.

Background information:

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees.

Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight.

UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance.

Financial support to UNRWA has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees, expanding need, and deepening poverty. As a result, the Agency’s General Fund, supporting UNRWA’s core activities and 97 per cent reliant on voluntary contributions, has begun each year with a large projected deficit.

This holiday season, UNRWA is making an urgent appeal for donations to help Palestine refugees affected by conflict in Gaza and Syria. Find out more.

image_pdfimage_print
Posted by on Dec 21 2012 . Filed under Articles, Videos . You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 . You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

Leave a Comment

Please insert the correct number.


4 + 6 =

The Free Zone | Blog

  • August 4, 2015

    Israel Court Extends Detention of Extremist Jewish Leader

    An Israeli court Tuesday ordered the head of a Jewish extremist group to be kept in detention after his arrest following the burning to death of a Palestinian baby, judicial sources said. - The court in Nazareth, northern Israel, prolonged the incarceration of Meir Ettinger until at least Sunday, the sources said. - Ettinger, whose grandfather Meir Kahane founded the racist anti-Palestinian movement Kach, was arrested... More →
  • August 4, 2015

    PA Returns Three Settlers to Israel

    Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces yesterday returned three Israeli settlers to Israel after they infiltrated the West Bank city of Jericho, Quds Press reported. - Israeli Radio reported that the settlers were returned "safe" to Israel after the interference of the PA security forces. - Palestinian movement Al-Ahrar condemned the PA's actions: "We were surprised with the crime carried out by the PA security... More →
  • August 3, 2015

    Clashes Erupt at Aqsa after Israeli Police Restrict Access

    Israeli police clashed with Palestinian worshipers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Sunday after they imposed strict restrictions on access to the holy site, later detaining five Palestinians leaving the compound. - Israeli police denied access to all Palestinian woman and men under the age of 30, between 7 and 11 a.m. on Sunday, the Palestinian Ministry of Endowments in Jerusalem said. - Police also shut down the... More →
  • August 1, 2015

    PA Calls for Blacklisting of Israeli Settlers

    The Palestinian Authority has rejected Israel's condemnation of the killing of a Palestinian infant in the West Bank city of Nablus by Jewish settlers as insufficient. The PA is insisting that the illegal settlers must be blacklisted as terrorists, Quds Press reported on Friday. - A group of Jewish settlers threw firebombs and burning material inside a Palestinian house in Nablus on Friday morning, burning an 18-month... More →
  • July 31, 2015

    Hamas: 'Settlers, Soldiers' Legitimate Targets after Infant Killing

    Palestinian political factions strongly condemned an arson attack carried out by settlers which killed a Palestinian infant on Friday, holding the Israeli leadership fully responsible for the brutal attack and calling for revenge. - Hamas said that the killing of 18-month-old Ali Saad Dawabsha in the Nablus village of Duma makes all "Israeli soldiers and settlers legitimate targets for resistance." - A spokesperson for... More →
Support Palestine Chronicle
Support Palestine Chronicle
"The Palestine Chronicle is a beacon. History, witness, analysis and ways forward are here, written with authority and humanity. Long may it publish." — John Pilger.
Subscribe to Newsletter
Enter your email address to subscribe to our mailing list.
Email:
separator
Chief Complaint
Return: A Palestinian Memoir
Idea of Israel
Disclaimer RSS Feed Contact us Donation Popup
© Copyright 1999-2015 PalestineChronicle.com. All rights reserved
Powered By MediaSeniors