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Running to help refugees

Jan 23. 2018
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By THE NATION

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Google invite Bangkok residents and tourists to take part in the “YouTube Run for UNHCR”, which is being held on February 18 at Rama IX Park in Bangkok.

The run aims to raise much-need funds for UNHCR’s work to support the global refugee crisis.

Praya Lundberg, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and YouTube creators, are encouraging the public to participate and to stand with refugees at this difficult time.

“Caring for one another as human beings is our responsibility,” says Lundberg. “I am grateful to YouTube for organising this event which makes it easy for the public to join the international community to support refugees.”

Today, the needs of refugees and other displaced people continues to grow, especially in light of new crises and worsening displacement.

UNHCR’s work globally is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from governments, intergovernmental institutions and, increasingly, from individuals and corporations.

In collaboration with UNHCR, Google.org has helped shed light on the plight of refugees and raised funds to make a difference in their lives.

“We’re pleased to be supporting UNHCR on this fun event to raise funds for an important cause. Global displacement is at an all-time high, and we feel strongly about helping where we can. Google has been a long time supporter of UNHCR, working to provide emergency support and access to vital information and education to refugees,” said Ben King, Google Thailand country director.

All proceeds will go to UNHCR to provide life-saving assistance and protection to refugees where the need is the greatest. These include operations in some of the biggest emergencies around the world such as those in Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

Tickets are available at www.FabMotion.co.th/youtuberunforunhcr.

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