Zwei junge afghanische Brüder wurden von ihren Eltern, in der Hoffnung ein besseres Leben zu haben, nach Europa geschickt...über 4000km – zu Fuss! Könnte ich diese Strecke in einem Jahr zurücklegen wenn ich alle meine Laufkilometer zusammenzähle? Keine Chance!
Aber mit Run4Refugees wollen wir genau dies tun. In etwa 6 Monaten hoffen wir gemeinsam diese Distanz zurücklegen. Der dabei erlaufene Spendenbetrag kommt unmittelbar diesen beiden Brüdern und auch anderen Kindern zu Gute.
Two young Afghani brothers are sent by their parents to Europe in search of a better life. Over 4000km …walking! Could I even cover that distance with my running in a year? No way! But via Run4Refugees Tom and I together are hoping to do it in less than six months. Your donations go straight to these two brothers and others like them in need. Please support us…and them!
Yesterday I had the chance to visit the new residence of the
Thoma-Wiser-Haus Refugee Youth Group. The home is a quirky antiquated place,
built into a rock façade, and has been partially renovated to house the 10
teenage boys and their supervisor. Each bedroom is now modern and sleeps either
one or two boys. There is also a large community room, a washroom, an office, and
a garage with an assortment of bikes. The dining room and adjacent kitchen are
in the old style with the original wooden- beam loft ceilings, and a spooky winding
staircase at the back of the house leads up out of the cliff wall and to a
lookout terrace on top of the house.
Happy in his new room
I drove to the place just outside of Regensburg with Felix
and Armin from the running team and five of the boys agreed to go for a run
with us. After the first 500m, Felix and the boys were off, leaving Armin and me
to a comfortable jog. The two of us turned around after 5 km, and headed back
to the house, constantly looking back to see when the rest of the group would
catch up to us. Then out of the blue two of them came out of nowhere and caught
us by surprise; they were thrilled with having scared us and then kept up their
speed as they laughed and sprinted forward, coming back at us again after
another few minutes, still laughing and dancing around.
Our running group minus one
After just about an hour we were all back at the house and, once
showered and changed, we gathered for coffee and chatted about the run, the new
house, the Run4Refugees project and about all going to an ice hockey game
together before Christmas, with the tickets sponsored by EVR.
The atmosphere in the home is so peaceful, friendly and
open. There is music and laughter. They talk about their hopes, dreams and
plans for their futures.
Although they are thousands of miles away from their
families…at the Youth Home they have all found a second family where they feel
safe and are able to thrive.
I feel blessed to be a small part of that and for this
reason I am so excited about the Run4Refugees project.