A group of refugees and asylum seekers will be joining Christian groups and other faith societies in a sponsored interfaith run in London.
The Interfaith Fun Run on Bank Holiday Monday in Barnet in north London includes representatives from over 30 charities and schools, including the Student Christian Movement, Faith for the Climate, Hope Not Hate, Muslimah Sports Association, Solutions Not Sides, Faiths Women UK, Humanists UK and City Sikhs, and is organised by The Faith & Belief Forum & Maccabi GB.
Hagir Ahmed, refugees and asylum seekers officer for the United Nations Association, decided that she wanted refugees to get involved as well, saying: "I was inspired by the interfaith fun run as a chance for the refugees and asylum seekers to have the opportunity to participate and engage, while socialising with positive people from all religions cultural backgrounds".
Refugees from Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, the Sudan, Kuwait, Algeria, Libya, Yemen & Mauritania will join the run. All will be under 30 years old, with the youngest 14. About 50 refugees housed locally will also attend to cheer on the runners.
The event at Stonex Stadium will have a 10k, 5k and 1k run available and a 5k walk to raise money for their various charities.
There is also an interfaith zone with a stage for storytelling, spoken word, dancers and musicians. There are talks about different faiths and beliefs and a collective art piece.
David Dangoor whose idea it was said: "We hope it will inspire many of those who form the beautiful social tapestry of our great capital city, be they young or old, whatever their ethnic group or faith, to join together in strengthening the bonds that can help make London a strong and welcoming community of diversity."
"The least we can do is to let them have their dignity, the opportunity to integrate as members of the community and contribute constructively to society. They wish to be treated how anyone would like to be treated - with compassion, love and respect."