How to support refugees with the ASRC Challenge

Each year hundreds of people across Australia join forces under the ASRC banner to raise our Miles of Compassion (formerly known as Run 4 Refugees) in support of refugees and asylum seekers.

Now – in addition to major running events such as Bridge to Brisbane or the Melbourne Marathon Festival – The ASRC offers a new way to challenge yourself and get your body moving for a good cause.

The ASRC Challenge will take place on Sunday 20th November 2022. Register today Choose your challenge and raise funds to support ASRC’s critical frontline services. It’s one day, your way:

Anyone can participate individually or as part of a team. You decide how you move and how far you go: you can walk, run, swim, bike, skate or dance – even push a stroller! Regardless of age or fitness level, everyone is welcome to take part in the ASRC Challenge.

For example, you can choose to:

  • run 10 km, for the 1,000 people who access the ASRC Foodbank each week
  • To run 5.5 km, for the 5,500 health appointments that the ASRC offers each year
  • Practice yoga for 119 minutes, for the number of children ASRC supports with diapers and wipes each week
  • swimming 514m, for the number of people the ASRC provides housing for each year

It’s easy: Set up your fundraising page and choose your challenge. Then share it with friends, family or colleagues to achieve your goal.

Sign up today to win great prizes. This year, the ASRC has partnered with velvet canyonto offer anyone who registers before Friday, October 28th a chance to win a $500 voucher. Stylish, cruelty-free and socially conscious, Velvet Canyon generously donates 1% of online profits to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

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This is your chance to join a great community of people across Australia and make a difference for a great cause. No matter where you are, how far you walk or how you move, anyone can raise money for refugees with the ASRC Challenge.

Rachel Werdin, who made a challenge in 2021, had this to say:

“IIt was a wonderful day raising money for a fantastic cause. Me, my husband and our two children (ages 3 and 6 at the time) walked about 7 miles on a nearby bike trail and managed to raise nearly $900.

It was not only an opportunity to support an organization that provides so much support to refugees and asylum seekers in our community, but also a great opportunity to speak to our children about issues such as displaced people, multiculturalism and the need for more compassion on the face of politics expedient scaremongering.

Even though those little legs got pretty tired (as they did long before our goal), what opportunities this created to reflect on the extreme needs of so many others in this world, and what an incredibly small sacrifice our effort was in comparison .

Will definitely be back again this year and thinking of doing a bike ride just for some variety. My personal goal is to break the $1,000 mark this time!”

Right now, the posts from the likes of Rachel couldn’t be more critical. Despite the change in government, the ASRC estimates that at any given time, 1 in 3 people are seeking asylum quiet live with unfair visa conditions that deny them the right to work and rebuild their lives.

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Money raised through your ASRC challenge goes directly to providing food, shelter, healthcare, education, employment and legal services – restoring dignity and hope to 7,000 people seeking safety each year. Together we can empower refugees and asylum seekers to live sustainably, independently and equally in Australia.

Last year we raised $130,000 to support refugees and asylum seekers. This year we aim to exceed that amount to make your impact bigger than ever.

So what do you say – are you up for the challenge?

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