I am going running in order to raise money for the rehabilitation and support of refugees currently living in Hong Kong through the sports, education and mentoring programs offered by RUN.
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I will aim to run / hike at least 600km, with at least 8,848m of ascent, over a period of 4 weeks on the trails and in the mountains of Hong Kong, starting on the 14th April 2020 and finishing on the 12th May 2020. I will also aim to include a marathon distance run during each of the weeks. 

Given the current situation with COVID-19, I will ensure that each run is appropriately 'socially distanced' (almost all will be alone, at night and on the trails in the middle of the jungle in Hong Kong)! 

As some of you may know, there are over 10,000 refugees / people seeking refugee status currently living in Hong Kong. These people are, generally speaking, not allowed the right to work, they do not qualify for a Hong Kong ID, and they are therefore forced to reluctantly subsist on minimal government handouts (approx. 1,500 HKD a month for rent and 13HKD per meal for food) and charity. It typically takes at least 5-7 years (and often over 10 years) before a refugee has their application processed and is then eligible for re-settlement. In the meantime, it is essential to safeguard their mental and physical well-being, as well as prepare them for this transition and working life- and this is where RUN comes in. 

RUN is a fantastic charity, run almost entirely by volunteers, which currently provides programs and assistance to almost 200 of the most vulnerable refugees in Hong Kong. RUN does this through various fitness and social programs (both mixed gender and female only), the PATHS for the Future education program (operates and funds online and in person courses, ranging from coding to roof-top gardening and English language to yoga instructor) and a weekly mixed gender track training running session. On top of all of this, RUN also offers women's health support, childcare, youth programmes and emergency social support, including housing, medical and food.

Obivously I havent done any training for this and, prior to starting, havent run a marathon in over one and a half years, so I have no idea how far I will actually manage, but let's see! 

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