International Refugee Trust

Registered Charity Number: 802450
London

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The British 10K London Run 2012

Running for Burmese refugee families in Thailand

Jul 08 2012

  • The IRT team last year. Sign up and be part of the fun in 2012!

    The IRT team last year. Sign up and be part of the fun in 2012!

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Join the London 10K and help struggling refugees on the Thai-Burma border get back on their feet!

THE RUN
Over the years the ASICS British 10K London Run has played host to some of the world's greatest athletes and raised millions of pounds for hundreds of good causes through the efforts of runners from all walks of life.

The race runs through the heart of London, passing great historical sights and much of the course will be the same as the route used for the men's and women's Olympic marathon courses in 2012.

THE CAUSE
There are hundreds of thousands of Burmese refugees in Thailand who have been persecuted and forced from their villages by the repressive military regime in Burma. Many have been killed trying to flee across the border into Thailand. Those who have made it are experiencing extreme difficulties. A minority live in recognised camps, leaving the rest to struggle as best they can.

IRT works with Burmese refugees in the town of Mae Sot, on Thai-Burma border. We aim to give them the skills and opportunities to earn a living and get back to a normal life as much as possible.

With the money you raise for the 10K Run, we can provide these refugees with skills training and funds to start up small enterprises such as basket weaving, piggeries, agriculture and catfish ponds.  This allows Burmese refugee families to be empowered and independent. We also hope that one day they will be able to return home and they can take these skills with them to continue supporting themselves.

Visit www.irt.org.uk/london-10k/

Event Type

Active & Health Running

Event Address

London,

Event Contact Details

Marijn van de Geer

Telephone

02089949120

Email Address

mvandegeer@irt.org.uk

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