Two billion kilometres. This is the unimaginable distance refugees have collectively travelled to safety in the last year. Forced to flee violence and persecution, men, women and children face unimaginable fear and suffering along the way.

This November, you have the opportunity to walk in solidarity with refugees as part of a global movement to raise funds to support the life-saving work of UNHCR.

As part of the 2 Billion Kilometres to Safety movement, you will join thousands of people around the world as they walk, run or cycle the distance refugees cover each year to reach safety.

It’s simple: sign up, choose your challenge and track your kilometres throughout November. We’ll keep you updated on your journey and support you to reach your fundraising goal.

Choose your challenge

Samuda walked 95 kilometres through jungle with her three young grandchildren when she fled violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar. © UNHCR/D. Azia

Samuda’s journey

Samuda escaped violence in Myanmar with her three grandchildren and walked 95 kilometres to reach safety. She took an extremely difficult path through jungle covered mountains, hiding from armed forces who were terrorising Rohingya families. After 18 days, she reached Bangladesh where UNHCR provided her with life-saving assistance.

Eva’s journey

Nine-year-old Eva walked barefoot and alone for more than 240 kilometres towards Ethiopia. She escaped South Sudan where armed forces attacked her town and killed her family. Once she reached the border, Eva encountered a kind woman who gave her a pair of shoes. Her journey continued across the river to Ethiopia where she finally reached Tirgol transit centre and was welcomed by UNHCR staff.

Alphronsina’s journey

Alphronsina and her family fled the Democratic Republic of the Congo and made the exhausting 596 kilometre journey to Uganda. With only the clothes on their back and a water jug, Alphronsina’s family walked at night to avoid warring militias. After 11 days, they reached the Ugandan border where UNHCR provided food, clean water, shelter and healthcare.

Nine-year-old Eva escaped terrifying violence in South Sudan. She walked 243 kilometres alone and barefoot to reach safety in Ethiopia. © UNHCR/R.Burks

Whichever challenge you choose, you will be helping to raise critical funds to support refugees.

Every dollar you raise will help provide life-saving assistance including shelter, clean water, education and healthcare.
Sign up today and
make every step count for refugees
Join the movement

If you have any questions or would like to know more, please contact the Community Fundraising team via email [email protected] or phone 1300 361 288.

 

When you step with refugees this November, you can help raise funds to provide life-saving support to refugees like Alphronsina and her family in Uganda. © UNHCR/D. Aslam Khan

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You can help

Make a donation

Every donation makes a real and lasting difference in the lives of refugees.

Organise a fundraiser

Host a bake sale, climb a mountain or do a fun run to raise funds for vital aid.

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