Yorkshire woman dons her trainers to race for refugees in Great North Run
A woman from North Yorkshire will be putting Mo Farah through his paces when she takes on the 13-mile Great North Run for CAFOD this weekend.
Monica Conmee, Head of Education at CAFOD, will be logging her 13-mile run as part of CAFOD’s Share the Journey campaign to stand in solidarity with refugees and migrants facing long journeys to safety around the world.
It is the second time Monica has taken on the challenge after completing the race ten years ago. This time, she will be raising money for CAFOD in a bid to support refugees and migrants around the world.
Monica said: “As I run on Sunday I will thinking about those people who have had to flee for their lives and run to escape danger.
“The Share the Journey campaign has invited people throughout England and Wales to walk in solidarity with refugees and migrants and so far, we have walked over 100,000 miles – four times around the world.
“We hope this will send a powerful message to world leaders, who are meeting later in September at the UN, that it matters to all of us that refugees are treated with dignity and respect.
“The Great North Run has over 57,000 runners taking part, so it will be quite an occasion! I will be up against Mo Farah. He too was a refugee and has gone on to become Britain’s greatest athlete ever, although I think our timings will be slightly different!”
CAFOD’s local representative in the North East, David Cross, added: “Thousands of people will gather this weekend to take part in the Great North Run for causes close to their heart.
“The fact Monica will be raising money for CAFOD and logging her miles towards the Share the Journey campaign is wonderful and will send a powerful message to world leaders that putting the rights of refugees and migrants matters. Good luck Monica.”
To find out more about the Share the Journey campaign, see: cafod.org.uk/sharethejourney
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