Local Man’s Walk 274km from Budapest to Vienna for Refugees
This September, Paul Barrett of Rochester, Kent will be walking from Budapest to Vienna. Following a popular route taken by refugees, Paul is hoping to raise awareness and money for Kent Refugee Action Network (KRAN).
Paul was moved to walk the 274 km route after he saw first-hand the plight of refugees and asylum seekers in Europe whilst on holiday in Budapest last summer. Paul recalls one of the biggest impressions from his visit being, “the sights and smells of hundreds and hundreds just sitting and waiting in the heat. People who were escaping war- people who had risked everything”. Many of these individuals were not allowed to make the journey into Austria by train and instead had to walk the great distance on foot.
Paul begins his fundraising initiatives in April but when he sets off, a year after his holiday, he understands his experience “will not be in any way like that of a refugee” but instead explains, “this is my tiny show of solidarity for those fleeing war, and perhaps a way of raising awareness in some small way for such an immense, huge problem”.
Kent Refugee Action Network is a charity dedicated to working with young refugees striving to live fulfilled, independent and successful lives in our community. This is achieved through educational programs, a drop in service and a mentoring system ensuring young people feel safe, belong and build hope for a better future.
Jessica Maddocks, Communications Manager for KRAN said: “We are very grateful to Paul for undertaking this intrepid journey on our behalf. The young refugees we work with have all endured long and traumatic journeys to reach the UK and the money he raises will help support them to lead fulfilled, independent and successful lives in our community.”
Find out more: http://walkingfrombudapest.blogspot.co.uk/
Watch ITV Meridian’s report on Paul’s journey: http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/update/2016-04-09/following-in-the-footsteps-of-desperate-refugees/
For more information contact Jessica Maddocks, KRAN Communications Manager firstname.lastname@example.org / 07577 982005