In the run up to the 20th Anniversary of Refugee Week, students at Swansea University invite you to join them to ‘Go the Distance for Refugees’.

You can help contribute to a community distance total of over 3,000 miles, simulating the distance covered by refugees travelling to Wales. Run, walk or cycle as many miles as you can, with friends, family or colleagues between 11th and 24th June.

The challenge aims to raise funds via a sponsorship and fundraising page for Displaced People in Action (DPIA), who work in partnership with Swansea City of Sanctuary to help refugees and asylum seekers integrate into new lives in Wales.

Participants are encouraged to share their efforts by joining a dedicated Strava Club, posting on the Facebook event page or using the hashtag #gothedistance

Kate Brownlie, a postgraduate student studying human rights law at the Hilary Rodham Clinton School of Law, conceived the challenge idea. She said:

“To mark Refugee Week, we are supporting DPIA in raising funds to enable asylum seekers to access further education. I believe it is important to enable everyone the same access to education and DPIA are making this possible for asylum seekers in Wales.  In the words of Malala Yousafzai: "We are all together, united for the cause of education".

It is a long and challenging journey that refugees and asylum seekers make to travel to the UK. I wanted to raise awareness of this by trying and getting people to think about this when completing their daily walk to work or daily workout. Hopefully by getting people active and engaging with a wide audience of people we can raise awareness of this journey and spread the message."

Kathryn Williams of Swansea City of Sanctuary said:

“City of Sanctuary is based on the vision of a network of towns and cities permeated by a culture of hospitality, where people seeking sanctuary from violence and persecution in their own countries can find welcome, support, and understanding. 

We are delighted that students in the School of Law have come up with this idea to raise money for asylum seekers in Swansea which will help to ensure that we can continue to work towards this aim and support those who are here to participate in local life. 

We work closely with our partner DPIA in many areas, including to improve access to education for asylum seekers. Fundraising from this challenge will give people seeking sanctuary in Swansea further opportunity to benefit."

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