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One Million Steps for Refugees

 
 
 

We are in the midst of a humanitarian crisis. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, "an unprecedented 68.5 million people around the world have been forced from their homes. Among them are nearly 25.4 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18."

Many of these refugees fled to Europe, most notably in the summer of 2015. The crisis is far from over and personally, I am tired of being a passive observer. I am ashamed to see how we treat each other. I am sad to see the rise of populism and hate speech and I am angry with myself for not doing more to protect the weak and the vulnerable. I am not a politician but I am a human being with a voice and legs.

What the world needs now is EMPATHY. If we empathise with each other then WE CAN SOLVE THESE PROBLEMS!

That's why I will march from Paris to Berlin - nearly 1.3 Million steps - each step representing 50 refugees (or people fleeing their homes). I am not a professional runner so I am counting on your support to help me march this distance. We need to show the world that we care about one another, and that we do not tolerate hate and what better way to show this than to march in peace between two of Europe’s historical capitals?

I will start to march - PEACEFULLY - from the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on September 23 at 10:20AM, arriving in Berlin at the Brandenburg Gate at 10:20AM on October 13. The distance equals 28 Marathons (in 20 Days). I will march through many cities and hope you join me along the way! You can also get involved via Social Media (Hashtag #IMARCHFORYOU and follow me @GrigRichters).

I will march through 18 cities in France, Belgium and Germany.

Feel free to join me. Even if it's for just a bit. Full list of Meetup pints, here.

I will march for the weak & vulnerable, in memory of my Brother and best Friend. Who will you be marching for?

- Grig Richters

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