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Harriet Symes

Well here we go again! Naively when this project began, I expected the 'crisis' to be one that required an immediate crisis-relief-type response....

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Well here we go again!

Naively when this project began, I expected the 'crisis' to be one that required an immediate crisis-relief-type response. I thought that soon conditions would get better and refugees could rebuild their lives in peace.

The disappointing truth is that the EU and the major NGOs have failed in their response. Many thousands of people are still stuck the bureaucracy filled asylum system, putting their lives on hold for years, often without access to education, work or safe housing. 

Khora's community centre in Athens provides refugees with basic needs such as nutritious food, access to information and legal support, and clothing. It also provides human needs such as a space to build community, to learn and to co-create the space as volunteers themselves. Equally important to what Khora does, is how it does it; Khora prioritises dignity and respect in all the services offered. For all these reasons, I'm proud to be supporting Khora for another year.

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London to Athens 2018

A group of not-so-serious cyclists have set themselves the serious challenge of cycling between London and Athens. The ride is a relay-style challenge, with each participant taking on a week or two of the overall trip.

We are fundraising for Khora; a grassroots, proactive association running a community centre in Athens. Their centre provides basic and human needs for people without freedom of movement. This includes free nutritious food, clothing, education, access to information and a safe space to build relationships and relax.

Equally important to what they offer, is how they offer it. Khora is run by volunteers from all over the world. Its team includes members of the local Greek community, the refugee community and other international volunteers too. It prioritises dignity and respect in every service it provides.

The £60,000 we are aiming to raise will pay for the rent for their community centre for an entire year. The running costs of a project are typically the hardest to find funding for, so it of particular importance to be able to provide this for Khora, to secure a stable future for the project. All fund-raised money goes to Khora, and none on the ride.

Event date

22-July-2018 00:00  - 
08-September-2018 23:59

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I do hope it went well for you.... remember acupuncture....
Donation by Daphne (flat 1)
on 21-10-2018
£5.00 gift aid
Well done! Pat and Jim
Donation by Jim Barron
on 02-09-2018
Good luck Harriet. Another fantastic effort.
Donation by Maggie Kane
on 19-08-2018
£6.25 gift aid
Yes Hat. Winning as always. Much love to you and your beautiful team! Peddle safe and hope to cross path pon your return xxx
Donation by Georgie Burr
on 31-07-2018
Go girl! Great effort for a great cause. See you in the woods xx
Donation by Kate Perryman
on 24-07-2018
£5.00 gift aid
Good luck!
Donation by Fiona
on 21-07-2018
£5.00 gift aid
This year I build my thighs until they are made of steel. Next year I cycle to Greece with all of you. You totally rock Harriet!! PS: good thing you're not organising a train ride, eh?
Donation by Alberto
on 11-07-2018
Always in awe of your pursuits! Good luck and drink lots of water! X
Donation by Rosie Higgins
on 26-06-2018
£5.00 gift aid
you're amazing
Donation by Charlene whitehead
on 26-06-2018
£0.00 gift aid
Donation by Becca
on 24-06-2018
£2.50 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £670.00
Offline Donations: £0.00
Total Raised: £670.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £832.50

Donations closed

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