“We felt the need to do something.”
The Sanctuary Runners, a solidarity-through-sport initiative, has teamed up with some of Ireland’s leading sporting organisations to coordinate a ‘Run For Ukraine’ this Saturday across Ireland and the world – showing solidarity with the people of Ukraine and raising funds for the humanitarian relief effort.
The initiative asks people to run, jog or walk any distance, anywhere at any time on Saturday, March 5th, 2022 wearing the Ukrainian colours of blue and yellow, also the colours of the Sanctuary Runners.
Athletics Ireland, the Olympic Federation of Ireland, Swim Ireland, the IRFU and Rowing Ireland are all promoting the event within their organisations and online.
“Many people feel helpless as the horrific scenes of Russian invasion play out on our television screens,” said Graham Clifford, CEO and Founder of the Sanctuary Runners.
“We have Ukrainian friends and members in the Sanctuary Runners and we want to show our solidarity with them and all fleeing Ukraine and those remaining behind.”
“Wherever you are in the world you can get involved. Let’s run on one team on one day and let our feet do the talking – to deplore this inhumanity and while we show solidarity with the people of Ukraine today we also call for peace in other conflict areas across the globe where people suffer terror and persecution.”
How can I get involved?
Those who participate are asked to post an image of their efforts to social media using the hashtag #RunForUkraine and make a donation to the Irish Red Cross Ukraine Appeal.