Gaza Winter Walk

Event Finished
Now in its 8th year the Gaza Winter Walk has seen thousands of participants and entire communities from across the country join together, wrapped up warm with maps and refreshments in hand. They have remained triumphant in taking on the 5 miles of chilly terrain ahead of them, to raise funds for the children of Gaza, and the results have been spectacular.

This winter, we are pleased to announce that due to increased interest, Winter Walk 2016 will be taking place in the historic city of Cardiff!
As well as our usual locations in London, Manchester, Birmingham, and Leicester. The Winter Walk will also be returning for the second year in a row in Glasgow, Bradford and Luton!

We hope you’ll be joining us in taking on this year’s Winter Walk 5 mile challenge for the children of Gaza in a city near you, insha’Allah!

Locations & Dates

Date

14 February 2016

Venue

London - Hyde Park, W2 2UH

The Story So Far

Now in its 8th year, the Gaza Winter Walk has seen thousands of participants from communities across the UK join together to raise funds for the children of Gaza. Wrapped up warm with maps and refreshments in hand, they have taken on the five miles of chilly terrain ahead of them to help Gaza's children and the results have been spectacular.

Since 2007 when the Gaza Winter Walk first began, we have provided emergency relief such as food, shelter and medicines, set up income generation projects to rehabilitate the agricultural economy and built large-scale water purification systems to combat Gaza's severe water shortages.

As well as this we have supported the construction of the medical lab and integrated pharmacy in Al-Durrah Hospital and the expansion of the emergency and respiratory departments.

Our work has been recognised by the Minister of Health in Gaza who said, 'We would like to thank Muslim Hands staff and donors for their efforts in the development of Al-Durrah hospital which will have a positive impact on the patients and doctors alike'.


The Children of Gaza

Last year over 2,000 Winter Walkers from across London, Leicester, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow braved the freezing temperatures and raised a staggering £143,000 to help Gaza’s children.

However, due to the conflict in the summer of 2014 and the continuing Israeli blockade , much of the work carried out by our brave Winter Walkers has either been severely damaged or destroyed.

Despite the best efforts of health workers, the healthcare system in Gaza cannot cope with the hundreds of thousands of children who are suffering from the mental and physical after-effects of wartime experiences.

The 2014 conflict saw over 2,200 people killed, nearly 500 of which were innocent children, and 20,000 homes were destroyed leaving 500,000 Gazans displaced. The onslaught has left long-term detrimental effects on Palestinian children who survived weeks of airstrikes and naval and tank shelling.

Many of them watched as family members were killed and homes, schools, and mosques bombarded. Some of them suffered life-altering injuries.

Too many of Gaza's children have lost their mothers, fathers and close family members, Young Gazans are suffering from unprecedented levels of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression and need immediate psycho-social care.

The support that you will provide to these children will be crucial in helping to heal them.

So what are you waiting for? Let's wrap up in our warmest clothes and brave the winter cold for the Children of Gaza!
 

Q. Who can take part in the Winter Walk?

A. The Winter Walk is an event which is open to anyone who is up for the challenge. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
You can also bring your friends and family along with you as the Winter Walk event is about bringing communities together to make a vast difference.

Q. How much do I need to raise?

A. Each participant must raise a minimum of £100. However, we are hoping that our enthusiastic participants aim for a more pioneering individual fundraising target.

Q. What happens on the day?

A. The registration desk opens at 10AM and the walk starts at 11AM. Depending on your pace, we anticipate the walk will be completed by all participants between 1PM and 2PM.

Once completing the walk, lunch and certificates will be provided, as well as entertainment, and the day will be finished by 3PM.

Q. What should I wear?

A. Please dress in your warmest clothes! Temperatures are likely to be low and the weather will be windy and wet. So, please ensure your footwear is comfortable and ideally waterproof. Any other protective and waterproof clothing are strongly advised.

Q. What do I need to bring with me?

A. A bottle of water is recommended. Refreshments including food will be provided at the start of the walk. It is advisable to bring a fully charged mobile phone in case we need to contact you.
In addition, you do not need to bring a prayer mat as a prayer area will be allocated on the day along with WC facilities to perform Wudhu.

Q. Who do I contact upon arrival?

A. Locate the 'Registration Desk' upon your arrival and you will be greeted by our friendly Winter Walk team and supplied with a map of the route. The routes are amidst some beautiful scenery and well-known walking routes suitable for all ages and all levels of fitness.

The registration desk opens at 10AM, Walk starts at 11AM an finishes at 3PM.

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Questions?

If you have any questions or would like further information please contact us.

We will aim to reply within 2 working days, but it can take a little longer during busy times.

Muslim Hands UK

Now in our 25th year of relieving poverty and suffering worldwide and those affected by natural disasters, conflict and poverty.