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Join us for our annual Gaza Winter Walk in a city near you and make a huge difference to the lives of newborn babies!

Over the past 12 years, more than 20,000 walkers across the UK have come together for the Gaza Winter Walks, braving the cold to raise over £1 million for our various projects in Gaza.

We are inviting you to take on this challenge again! We will be heading to 4 cities across the UK in February 2020, bringing more families together to raise money for an incredibly important cause.

This year, we are fundraising to train over 100 doctors, nurses and midwives across six hospitals in Gaza to better equip them to reduce infant mortality rates. This training will improve neonatal life support and infection control and help thousands of children get the best start they can in life.

So join us with your friends and family and enjoy this fantastic event full of entertainment and delicious food – it's going to be incredible!

Register today for your FREE fundraising kit and let’s reach that finish line together.
Fundraising Target: £100

Locations

Location Date Venue Register
Manchester 15 February 2020 To be confirmed Register
Bradford 16 February 2020 To be confirmed Register
Birmingham 22 February 2020 To be confirmed Register
London 29 February 2020 To be confirmed Register

The Cause

Every child deserves to have a healthy start in life. But in Gaza, the violent conflict and ongoing blockade mean that newborns and children don't have access to the medical care they desperately need, costing them their lives. Globally, maternal and infant mortality rates are falling, but in Gaza, the number of deaths has begun to rise in recent years. Gaza has an infant mortality rate of 21.3 per 1000 live births. We must act now to prevent more tragic deaths.

In previous years, the Gaza Winter Walks have raised money for medical equipment and resources to help save the lives of mothers and newborns in Gaza. This year, in addition to fundraising for lifesaving medicines such as antibiotics and pulmonary surfactants, we are also fundraising to train over 100 staff in six hospitals, to better equip them to care for at-risk newborns.

We will be working with our partners on the ground, Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), to deliver this training. Your donations will improve medical care, benefit thousands of infants and their mothers, and ultimately save lives.

The programme includes training in Neonatal Life Support (NLS) and Neonatal Safe Transfer (NST) to improve newborns' chances of survival. According to the Ministry of Health, there are around 3,600 high-risk newborns in need of intensive care every year in Gaza - this training will ensure they receive the best possible care in this critical time.

A quarter of deaths in Gaza are due to sepsis, and infants are especially vulnerable to infection. Therefore, doctors, nurses and midwives will also be trained in effective infection control policies and procedures to ensure the hospital environment is as safe as possible for newborns. MAP are highly experienced in establishing this training; since January 2016, they have helped reduce sepsis-related neonatal deaths from 36.3% to 19.7%, and they hope to improve infection control in hospitals even further.

Doctors and other medical staff will also be trained in preventing Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP), and detecting it early in premature babies. ROP is a retinal eye disease which can lead to blindness.

Your donations will improve the chances of survival for thousands of newborns and will help them get the healthiest start possible in life.

To support this cause, sign up for our Gaza Winter Walks and walk 5 miles for the children of Gaza!


Serving the People of Gaza for 12 Years

Ma sha' Allah, thanks to your continued support, Gaza Winter Walks is heading into its 12th year now! Over the years, your generosity has funded some amazing projects, including:

• Establishing the Psychological Rehabilitation Programme, which helps thousands of children suffering from trauma, anxiety and other mental health problems
• Rebuilding the Al-Durrah Hospital, which was destroyed by conflict
• Partnering with UNRWA to provide ante-natal and post-natal care and equipment to 132,000 Palestinian refugee women
• Building large-scale water purification systems to combat water shortages in Gaza

These are just a few of the health, water and livelihood projects which the Gaza Winter Walk has helped us deliver. On behalf of Muslim Hands and the people of Gaza, we'd like to say a big thank you!

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 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 ambitious individual fundraising target!

Q. What happens on the day?

A. The registration desk opens between 10AM-11AM (varies depending on the location) and the walk starts shortly after. 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.

You don't need to bring a prayer mat as a prayer area will be allocated on the day.

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.

Check above for the registration times for your city, so you know when to arrive.

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 aid agency and NGO helping those affected by poverty, conflict and natural disaster in over 20 countries worldwide.