Gaza Winter Walk – Serving the people of Gaza for 10 years

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You will be part of an exhilarating atmosphere, at our 10th annual Gaza Winter Walk, in 10 cities across the UK, making a difference through fitness, to the lives of the children of Gaza.

Over the past 9 years Muslim Hands has been on an incredible journey with 20,000 walkers across the UK, coming together, walking 5 miles, and raising a phenomenal £1,000,000 for our various projects within Gaza.

This year is our 10th year, and it’s going to be HUGE! We will be heading to 10 cities across the UK, on a bigger scale, bringing more families together, to brave the cold and walk 5 miles, ensuring that the children of Gaza’s voices are heard and never forgotten!

And what better way to kick-start the year, than with a fitness challenge, and making 2018 the year where you reach your personal best not only physically but mentally. And with fantastic entertainment and delicious food – this is going to be an incredible family event!

So get those trainers, spread the word to your loved ones and register today for your FREE fundraising kit!

Let’s reach that finish line together!

Locations & Dates

Location Date Start Venue Register Fundraise
Glasgow 13 January 2018 10:00 Kelvingrove Park, G3 6BY Register Fundraise
Bradford 20 January 2018 10:00 Lister Park, BD9 4NR Register Fundraise
Manchester 21 January 2018 10:00 Heaton Park, M25 2SW Register Fundraise
Birmingham 27 January 2018 10:00 Cannon Hill Park, B13 8RD Register Fundraise
Leicester 28 January 2018 10:00 Abbey Park, LE4 5AQ Register Fundraise
Nottingham 03 February 2018 10:00 Wollaton Park, NG8 2AE Register Fundraise
Cardiff 03 February 2018 10:00 Bute Park, CF10 3DX Register Fundraise
Bristol 04 February 2018 10:00 Eastville Park, BS5 6QL Register Fundraise
London 10 February 2018 10:00 Hyde Park, W2 2UH Register Fundraise
Luton 11 February 2018 10:00 Wardown Park, LU2 7HA Register Fundraise

The Story So Far

Muslim Hands Psychological Rehabilitation Centre

Over the last eight years the Muslim Hands Psychological Rehabilitation Centre has been providing much needed support to children (including orphans) and widows in Gaza suffering from stress and emotional trauma.

Last year:
• The clinic supported nearly 10,000 people and provided counselling sessions, consultations as well as therapy and activities
• Improving psychological well-being of 400 children aged 6-14 years through a one month leisure skill
• Led a range of workshops to enable 80 deaf children, 120 disabled children and 200 orphans to develop and learn new skills through arts and crafts, football and computing.

Muslim Hands Mobile Health Clinic

The Muslim Hands Mobile Health Clinic has provided routine health checks, dental treatment and advice by specialist staff.

To date:
• To date the clinic has performed over 20,000 health checks helping children to regain a healthy lifestyle.
• The current challenge the clinic faces is the countless children that suffer from anaemia and very poor dental care.

Income Generation Projects

To date:
• Our Agricultural Production Project in Gaza provides employment and a sustainable livelihood for 25 people.
• Allows for them to provide for their families, as well as the production of good quality produce for the local community.
• Large scale water purification systems built to combat Gaza’s severe water shortages and contamination by untreated sewage.
• Last year 30,000 olive tree saplings to farmers across Gaza and Jerusalem to support their families and communities through one of Palestinian’s oldest and most important industries.


THE REALITY

A child’s innocence should never be destroyed with the memories of war, psychological scars and malnutrition. But this is the reality in Gaza. The violent conflict, the loss of loved ones and an ongoing blockade has taken its toll on the children in Gaza – both physically and psychologically. 85% of the population live under the poverty line and 60% of these are children. With mental trauma, loved ones killed, a lack of food, little shelter, severe health issues – we need to ensure the tiny voices of the children in Gaza are heard and never forgotten.

Our mission is to ensure that these children in Gaza, receive the medical care they need, to provide them a promising chance of recovery. Together, we can rebuild the little they have, restore their hope and dignity and put a small smile back on their faces.

This year, we are proud to announce 10 years of the Gaza Winter Walk and we want to make this year HUGE! We will be heading to 10 cities UK wide, on a bigger scale to make sure the children of Gaza’s voices are HEARD. We urge you to take action and register your support to these children, in an area of the world where providing help is extremely difficult.

And if you do decide to stand with us, shoulder to shoulder, we would be grateful if you could spread the word and get your friends, families and local communities involved. Together we can give hope and inspiration to not only our future generations but to the young innocent victims of the ongoing crisis in Gaza.

Q. Who can take part in the Gaza Winter Walk?

A. Gaza 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 Gaza 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 £200. However, we are hoping that our enthusiastic participants aim for a more enthusiastic 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. We advise to dress appropriately in your warmest clothes as temperatures are likely to be low and the weather may be windy and wet. Please also ensure your footwear is comfortable and ideally waterproof. Any other protective and waterproof clothing/accessories such as gloves, scarves, and umbrellas are strongly advised.

Q. What do I need to bring with me?

A. Comfortable footwear and 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 Gaza 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 and finishes at 3PM.

Q. How can I volunteer?

A. Please click on the 'Volunteer' button at the top of this page and a member of the Events & Volunteer team will be in contact shortly.

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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

Established in 1993, Muslim Hands is an international aid agency and NGO working in over 50 countries worldwide to help those affected by natural disasters, conflict and poverty.

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