Grand Rapids Refugee Walk 2013

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013
3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Ah-Nab-Awen Park
(downtown Grand Rapids)

Join us in supporting Bethany’s Refugee Services through the first Grand Rapids Refugee Walk! With every step we can work to engage, connect, and empower West Michigan’s refugee community. The event will be a time to join together to raise awareness, share cultural traditions, and celebrate the accomplishments of refugees in our community. Following the walk there will be a time for food, entertainment, a craft fair, and children’s activities.

Join Us for the Refugee Walk
There is no registration fee, but we ask that each individual raise at least $100. Registration may be done in teams (up to 10 people) or individually.

Volunteer for the Refugee Walk
From set-up to break-down, there are many roles that a volunteer can help with to make the day as successful as possible. Please email Sarah if you are interested in volunteer opportunities—saclark@bethany.org.

Support a Refugee Walk participant
If you are unable to join us on June 23rd, you can still make a positive impact by supporting one of the many who will be walking!

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About the event
Each year on June 20th the United Nations and countless civic groups around the world celebrate World Refugee Day. Currently, there are over 15.5 millions refugees around the world. The United Nations established World Refugee Day to honor the courage, strength & determination of these women, men & children who are forced to flee their homes under threat of persecution, conflict & violence.

While we turn our thoughts and prayers to refugees globally, it is also critical that we focus locally, in our own communities. Each year, nearly 600 refugees are resettled in Grand Rapids, Michigan. With the help of neighbors, friends, and volunteers, these refugees are able to become self-sufficient residents of West Michigan and find hope after so much despair.

On the Sunday following World Refugee Day, June 23, 2013, Bethany will host a walkathon and celebratory event, “Refugee Walk.” It is our hope that this event will not only raise awareness of refugees in the Grand Rapids area, but also further connect resettled refugees with the surrounding community. This walk is unique in that it is not only for refugees, but includes refugees. All funds raised during this event will go to support the refugee resettlement programs and our refugee clients.

This is a great opportunity to reflect on what it means to love your neighbor, take action to create a welcoming community, and engage in meaningful cross-cultural interactions.

 

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