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Janine's World Marathon Challenge for Refugees

Janine Canham / Fundraise for RUN

In February 2020, I will be running 7 marathons across 7 continents in 7 days to raise money for vulnerable refugees in Hong Kong. RUN participants will be joining me in my challenge by matching the distance I run right here in Hong Kong! Please sponsor us as we embark on this challenge together.
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    Nigel Raymont

    $200.00 / 95 days ago

    Hi Janine - thanks for sharing your 777 story at AVOHK AGM. Thought I'd cheekily refund your payments from last evening by making a personal donation. I've also been supporting Refugees & Asylum seekers via Branches of Hope - so good to learn of how RUN supports too. Sport is so important to these folks! Cheers, Nigel

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    Janine Canham

    $500.00 / 196 days ago

    Thank you Tanya (PIRATE) for the amazing portrait.

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    Janine Canham

    $21,245.00 / 199 days ago

    Cash raised from the GONE RUNNING 777 challenge, with huge thanks to all who took part and the team at GONE RUNNING store for helping organise this event.

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    Reto Merazzi

    $800.00 / 200 days ago

    We all need more of this, thank you for leading by example.

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    Mark Reeves

    $1,000.00 / 200 days ago

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    Colin Whittington

    $500.00 / 201 days ago

    Janine, what an amazing achievement. Great example to us all.

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    Bryan Lau

    $1,000.00 / 202 days ago


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    Elliot Froidevaux

    $500.00 / 203 days ago

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    Carsten Stoehr

    $5,000.00 / 207 days ago

    Dear Janine. As a fellow AVOHK member, read your story in this month's newsletter of your incredible achievement. Sounds like logistics and courses weren't quite as planned, but dealing with adversity and overcoming has been paramount in you completing this incredible achievement. Similar traits are what the refugees you are supporting no doubt have to encounter daily. I hope my contribution helps support your cause (and it seems has helped reached your fund raising target). Well done. Carsten Stoehr

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    Janine Canham

    $1,000.00 / 208 days ago

    Donation from Amanda and Mark Simpson in the UK - thanks so much guys xxx

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    Michelle Saddington

    $1,000.00 / 210 days ago

    Inspirational effort Janine, happy to help contribute to such an important cause.

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    Yuen Chong Chan

    $200.00 / 210 days ago

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    $210.00 / 221 days ago

    oops. conversion issues lol. great meeting you. you are amazing!

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    Brandi Myers

    $35.00 / 221 days ago

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    Stone Tsang

    $200.00 / 224 days ago

    I am so proud to see my granson Silas finishing the tough challenge, He is truely amazing! I am so touching to see he putting a lot of effort for doing this challenge, And thanks for organising this meaningful activity to support refugees HK! Thank you!

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    Shandy Cheung

    $500.00 / 224 days ago

    I was so proud of my son Silas finishing the 7 weeks challenge! and would like to support his run and this meaningful challenge and fundraising. ThankS

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    Eric Marchesseau

    $2,000.00 / 224 days ago

    Fantastic achievement, well done Janine!

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    Yuet Yi Lau

    $500.00 / 231 days ago

    I am inspired by Silas's running challenge story! I want to support his run and this meaningful fundraising activity!

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    Lachlan Barber

    $500.00 / 231 days ago

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    Aislinn Malone

    $500.00 / 232 days ago

    Best of luck with this amazing challenge, your story is very inspirational.

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    Nat Webster

    $200.00 / 233 days ago

    Good luck Janine. What an incredible challenge to take on and a great cause to support. I’m in awe!

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    Steven Harry Clark

    $300.00 / 233 days ago

    Keep going Janine! Such an inspiring lady and for such a good cause . Enjoy every moment and remember one step in front of the other ❤️

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    Andrew Hall

    $1,000.00 / 233 days ago

    Keep it up Janine. You can do it! Think of all those you are helping and well done for doing this for them.

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    Andre Cheung

    $200.00 / 234 days ago

    Respect and support💪

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    Helen Pink

    $750.00 / 237 days ago

    Amazing story, Janine, you are truly an inspiration. all the very best for this terrific challenge.

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    Arnout Van Rijn

    $777.00 / 237 days ago

    Mark told me about your challenge. It inspired me. Hope you will enjoy every bit of it, Antarctica, wow! Keep going Janine!

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    Katrina Walker

    $750.00 / 240 days ago

    Wow just wow! Good luck Katrina x

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    Pui Ki Veronica Southgate

    $1,000.00 / 240 days ago

    Janine, you are amazing! Keep running girl, will follow your challenge closely.

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    Sherri Loh

    $500.00 / 240 days ago

    All the best with this incredible challenge. We will be thinking of you! Sherrin, James, Jack & Sasha xxx

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    Sam Fletcher

    $800.00 / 240 days ago

    All the best for next week, will be cheering you on from Hong Kong!

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    Stroma Finston

    $1,000.00 / 241 days ago

    AWESOME! Go Janine!!!

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    Sofie Jacobs

    $500.00 / 242 days ago

    GO GO GO Janine!! Crazy adventure for an awesome cause!!!

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    Mark Blumberg

    $200.00 / 242 days ago

    Go Janine, amazing dedication for an amazing cause. Good luck with the race!!

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    Kim Matthews

    $300.00 / 242 days ago

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    Amandine Courret

    $300.00 / 243 days ago

    Go Janine: a small support gesture for an amazingly inspiring adventure, respect and all the best in the highs and the lows, we'll be cheering for you and the refugees will surely too! :)

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    Octavia Orchard

    $200.00 / 243 days ago

    What an amazing race you have entered. Super human effort and awe-inspiring challenge and charity. Good luck!

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    Alison Cooke

    $500.00 / 248 days ago

    Go Janine!

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    Katrina Hamlin

    $200.00 / 248 days ago

    Wishing you the very best of luck! Can't wait to hear the stories...

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    Chiaki FJELDDAHL

    $500.00 / 252 days ago

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    Wing Kent Yeung

    $200.00 / 252 days ago

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    Yan Wai Alice Cheung

    $200.00 / 254 days ago

    Very meaningful and worth supporting. Am particularly moved by the goodwill and dedication of Stone Tsang and his son Silas who participated in the fund raising.

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    Christine Prokopiak

    $10.00 / 260 days ago

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    $200.00 / 264 days ago

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    Mark Cox

    $7,000.00 / 270 days ago

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    $135.00 / 270 days ago

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    Andy Gild

    $200.00 / 272 days ago

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    Jazz Lam

    $300.00 / 272 days ago

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    Hayley Goldberg

    $500.00 / 273 days ago

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    Andrew Sewell

    $2,000.00 / 285 days ago

    Thanks for the inspiration Janine. Through you we have discovered the RUN charity. Wishing you a great year ahead!

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    Janine Canham

    $30,842.00 / 286 days ago

    Cash raised from the Gone Running Will Hayward night and from our ALTRA RUN 777 Challenge. Thanks to everyone who signed up so far !

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    Theresa Vaid

    $777.00 / 288 days ago

    Awesomeness Janine! Go go go!

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    Mayank Vaid

    $777.00 / 288 days ago

    Go Janine! We are with you.

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    Amanda Noubel

    $300.00 / 292 days ago

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    Angela Flynn

    $400.00 / 293 days ago

    All the best Janine! Great cause.

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    John Wacker

    $1,000.00 / 295 days ago

    Go, Janine!

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    Janine Canham

    $400.00 / 297 days ago

    Thank you to BRIAN MCFLYNN for the cash donation and for signing up to the 777 HK challenge!

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    Janine Canham

    $539.00 / 297 days ago

    Thank you to CHARLOTTE TAQUET for the cash donation and for signing up to the 777 HK challenge!

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    Janine Canham

    $539.00 / 297 days ago

    Thank you to JEFF CAMPBELL for the cash donation and for signing up to the 777 HK challenge!

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    Milos Pintrava

    $500.00 / 299 days ago

    All the best!

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    Jayne Schrantz

    $1,000.00 / 306 days ago

    So inspiring! I’m really excited for you, Janine, and for the RUN family. Good luck!!

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    Eileen Koo

    $500.00 / 306 days ago

    Way to go Janine!

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    Ravin Melwani

    $2,000.00 / 307 days ago

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    Chung Hin Brandon Wong

    $250.00 / 307 days ago

    Go Janine!

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    Kaman Yau

    $500.00 / 307 days ago

    Such an inspiration for a fabulous cause!

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    Virginie Goethals

    $500.00 / 308 days ago

    You go girl for all our RUN ladies !

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    Karen Wei

    $1,000.00 / 308 days ago

    Go Janine, GO!!!!!

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    Frank Pilkington

    $1,000.00 / 313 days ago

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    David Dudek

    $450.00 / 325 days ago

    Good luck

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    David Dudek

    $50.00 / 325 days ago

    Great cause and excellent event

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    Sian Abate

    $500.00 / 330 days ago

    Fantastic cause Janine, I’m sure you’ll smash the challenge!

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    Andre Blumberg

    $1,000.00 / 331 days ago

    Keep inspiring us all Janine. Good luck with the Challenge and we’ll all be sure to follow your journey!

About Janine's World Marathon Challenge for Refugees

In February 2020, I will be running 7 marathons across 7 continents in 7 days in the World Marathon Challenge to raise money for vulnerable refugees in Hong Kong. RUN participants will be joining me in my challenge by matching the distance I run right here in Hong Kong!

I was brought up in war-torn Beirut where I lived until the age of 12. My father is Lebanese and my mother is British, so when the war broke out, we were able to flee Lebanon and relocate in England. I still remember vividly the day we left with the help of an army escort organised by the British Embassy. We lost our home and many of our friends, and left all our personal possessions behind. We were extremely fortunate that we were able to escape safely and start a new life. I feel I should pay back some of that good fortune by helping those who, like the refugees in Hong Kong, have lost everything but don't have the same chances as we did to lead a normal life again.

As of July 2019, there are 13,000 asylum seekers in Hong Kong. They have fled from some of the world’s most serious human rights abuses in some of the hardest places to call home. They arrive in Hong Kong, alone and desolate, with nothing but the clothes on their backs and the few possessions they were able to bring with them. The approval process for refugee status is notoriously slow in Hong Kong, with some refugees waiting in limbo for years. While waiting in Hong Kong, they are not allowed to work, forced to rely on a tiny monthly stipend of HK$1,500 for housing.

I really admire the dedication and passion Virginie puts into this cause and I feel honoured to be able to help in some small way. I have been helping RUN with fundraising efforts both on a personal level and in my capacity as co-Chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility Task Force at AB Bernstein where I work, and the World Marathon Challenge will be my biggest challenge yet!

How can you help?

#1. Make a donation. Your donation can make a huge difference for Hong Kong's most vulnerable refugees.
  • HK$1,000 covers transportation for 15 refugees to get to Hong Kong's beautiful trails
  • HK$3,000 covers childcare for 60 refugee children so that their parents can participate in our programmes
  • HK$5,000 covers six months of education programmes for one refugee
  • HK$7,000 covers six months of sports programmes for one vulnerable refugee mother (including transportation, meals, and child care)
#2. Sign up with the Gone Runners Running Club to run 7 marathons in 7 weeks!
More details here.

About RUN
RUN is a Hong Kong-based charity that rehabilitates vulnerable refugees through sports, education, and beyond. We support vulnerable refugees to Rebuild their mental and physical strength, Unite as a community and with the local Hong Kong community, and Nurture each other through sports, food, friendship, and education. Find out more by visiting our website or watching our video.

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