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2019 Gaza 5K + Dabke Party | NYC

By: | posted on: Mar 30, 2019

Date(s) - 03/30/2019
8:00 am - 12:30 pm

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Mental health is an essential component of our overall health and wellbeing. Here in the US, one in 25 American adults suffer from a serious mental health condition that impacts their quality of life.


From New York to Palestine, no person should ever have to suffer constant distress. You can improve quality of life for refugee children in the Gaza Strip, despite the current US administration’s decision to defund UNRWA*, by signing up for the NYC Gaza 5K.

Find details and register now at Early bird rates save you $15 on the cost of registration and are available through March 13!

Event timeline:
8:00 am – Gaza 5K packet and fundraising prize pick-up
9:30 am – Opening ceremony
10:00 am – Race begins!
10:45 am – Awards ceremony for top 3 finishers
11:00 am – Closing ceremony with more awards, followed by the dabke dance party!
12:30 pm – Event ends

Fundraising perks:

FUNDRAISE $50+ and get one official Gaza 5K t-shirt (each individual must fundraise a minimum of $50 beyond the cost of registration to receive their shirt)

FUNDRAISE $500+ for a beautiful, classic keffiyeh from the Hirbawi Textile Factory, the last remaining keffiyeh factory in Palestine. They come complete with a “made in Palestine” tag!

More fundraising perks to be added!

What is the Gaza 5K?

The Gaza 5K is an annual walk/run hosted by UNRWA USA. The Gaza 5K was created in 2012 to fund UNRWA’s Community Mental Health Programme (CMHP) and make access to mental health care a reality for all Palestine refugee children in the Gaza Strip.

What does the money do?

Your fundraising allows UNRWA to employ CMHP counselors, locally recruited from the refugee population, to provide psychosocial support to address the mental health needs of refugee children and families in the Gaza Strip who suffer from trauma due to repeated Israeli military assaults and the continued blockade.

What impact can my fundraising have?

Counseling offers kids in Gaza a safe space to express their emotions and fears and a way to learn valuable coping skills.

Our goal for the 2019 NYC Gaza 5K is to raise $350,000 which can employ 25 CMHP counselors in Gaza for the year to provide approximately 3,000 individual counseling sessions for 750 refugee students and 600 group counseling sessions for 700 refugee students.

Since 2015, the tri-state community has helped to provide psychosocial counseling to thousands of children. But the needs are still great and we know that trauma is not something that there is a quick fix for. Thank you for continuing to help Gaza’s children not just survive, but thrive.

*UNRWA is the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.

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