Following the recent RST post which highlighted the increased need for destitution grants and the potential risk of losing destitution grants in the future, I felt compelled to respond and find a way to raise funds for this incredible charity. The thought of what might happen to people if they were to lose this safety net was worrying for me and it was then I decided to commit to raising funds for RST.
I currently work for a refugee charity based in Glasgow who works in partnership with RST to deliver support to destitute asylum seekers & provide destitution grants to those forced into destitution. I see the positive impact these grants have on individuals & families and so I vowed to contribute to this cause.
I decided to sign up for the Great Scottish Run Half Marathon on 30th September 2018, which was a bit extreme of me since I’m not much of a runner! However, I saw this as a great opportunity to gather support for the distance & the cause. There has been a lot in the media recently around SERCO’s forced evictions and the growing pressure the Home Office imposes on those in the asylum process, so this was an opportune time to do something positive to support the work of RST & those facing destitution.
With only two weeks to go, I have reached the 10K mark so I am pushing on with my training and continue to be inspired to run the distance for this great cause come rain, hail or snow. If you want to find out more about why I am running the Half Marathon then please follow the link and donate what you can.