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272 Miles in a Refugee's Shoes

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May 17, 2017

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BENEFITING: UNICEF USA

Christina Platt

THE STORY:

They say you never really understand someone's struggles until you walk a mile in their shoes. We've decided to take it a step further: raising money and awareness for the plight of refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria while we thru-hike the 272-mile-long Vermont Long Trail. 

We are Christina Platt and Eric Reichard, two avid hikers and Recreation, Parks and Tourism Management students at Penn State University. While we were out training for our hike, we started reflecting about how privileged we are to choose to do something like this: to push our bodies to the limits, to ration our food, to carry all of our belongings on our backs for hundreds of miles. And how privileged we are to do this with the knowledge that we will reach the end of our journey and return to our friends, our families and our homes.

Since the start of the Syrian conflict, 5 million Syrians, including more than 2 million children, have fled to foreign countries as refugees. People just like you and me and your neighbor down the street. People forced to leave their homes behind, often traveling hundreds of miles on foot with only that which they can carry on their backs. 

For many, the harrowing physical journey is only the beginning. Even after asylum is granted, refugees must adjust to a new "normal" in an unfamiliar country where they are often viewed as second-class citizens. They must learn new languages and skills to support themselves and their families, all while piecing together shattered lives. There is no finish line, no celebration, no familiar home to return to.

Fortunately, there are relief organizations to aid refugees in need, but they need your support. "UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) has been on the ground since the conflict began, helping to mobilize the largest humanitarian operation in history and working closely with partners to provide education, water, health care and immunizations, physical protection, psychological support and clothing to children in Syria and Syrian refugee children in Iraq, Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt and Europe." - unicefusa.org

Please support our cause and help us raise $1000 to aid refugee children as we trek from Massachusetts to Quebec over 18 days. Even you don't have the funds, please take a moment to share our mission with friends and family. No donation is too small and every bit of support is appreciated. All money raised will go directly to UNICEF. 

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$1,435

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  • Craig Fifer

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  • Paul Kim

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  • Karen Reichard

    $100

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  • Jim & Ellen Campbell

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  • Albert Guo

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  • Rachel Reynolds

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  • Geoff Brugler - Appalachian Outdoors

    $50

  • Matt Young

    $100

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  • Kyle

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  • Anonymous

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  • Matthew Rigdon

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  • Carla Rossi

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  • Meyer family

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80% Raised of $1,800 Goal

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The Team: $1,435 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Christina Platt

Amount Raised

$737

 

41% Raised of $1,800 Goal

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Eric Reichard Nebula

Amount Raised

$698

Donor Comments

Mud Puppy & Woodcutter AT99

Mud Puppy & Woodcutter AT99

DONATION: $50

3 months ago

Steve & Harley

Steve & Harley

DONATION: $50

great meeting you on the LT! 3 months ago

Amy E

Amy E

DONATION: $50

We need to remember to share our wealth and good fortune with others 3 months ago

Meyer family

Meyer family

DONATION: $25

Met you on the forehead of Mansfield--thanks for doing your part. 3 months ago

Carla Rossi

Carla Rossi

DONATION: $50

Great effort! Good luck on the hike. 4 months ago

Matthew Rigdon

Matthew Rigdon

DONATION: $25

4 months ago

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ANONYMOUS

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Steve Gadlin

Steve Gadlin

DONATION: $25

Go go go! 4 months ago

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DONATION: $30

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Kyle

Kyle

DONATION: $10

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