Hikers who have walked the Night of the Refugee have collectively raised 1,140,070 euros for the Refugee Foundation. The 2700 participants ran 40 kilometers in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Nijmegen and Tilburg.
Earlier last night, another 1,400 people walked 20 kilometers for the same cause.
The fastest walkers crossed the finish line at 5:45 am. “That is probably a record for the Night of the Refugee”, says Wouter Booij of the Refugee Foundation, “but it is not a competition.”
Director Tineke Ceelen was at the start in The Hague: “The people who finish here after a long journey show that they want to ‘stick out their legs’ to help people on the run. That moves me and I am very grateful to them. “
Along the way, the runners came across a wall 7 meters wide and 3 meters high with the text ‘No walls, but people help’. Booij: “The wall symbolizes the obstacles that people on the run encounter. It can literally be a wall, but also, for example, intimidation or smugglers who take securities.”
The aid organization uses the money raised for projects in Syria, Afghanistan, Mali, Bosnia, Poland and Somalia. The aid consists of medical care, sanitation, drinking water and food.