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Cycling to France for Khora

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Jo McGain

Khora is a vibrant community centre in Athens supporting refugees with services including food, legal support, language classes, information,...

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Khora is a vibrant community centre in Athens supporting refugees with services including food, legal support, language classes, information, dentist care and a clothing free shop.

I have been part of the set up and running of Khora over the last year. A group of us who met working on Lesvos last winter wanted to set up something long term after the initial emergency response to the refugee crisis here in Greece. The Khora Community Centre in October 2016. This spring I am choosing a different kind of involvement with Khora in cycling for 9 days to help raise money for this project. 

Khora runs as a small grassroots cooperative, by volunteers, relying on funding from small charities and individual donations. All of our services are offered for free and we have around 500 people every day from many different countries coming to access support and services, and to spend time in a safe welcoming place.

It has been an amazing project to be part of over the last year, and I am excited to be joining this cycle ride for the first leg, although I haven't cycled this far in many many years!

Thanks so much for all of your support!

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Thighs of Steel 2017

We are fundraising for Help Refugees, who fund small grassroots refugee organisations. The specific group we are fundraising for is Khora, a co-operative made up of volunteers from all over the world, including the local Greek community, the refugee community and other international volunteers. Their community centre in Athens provides not only basic needs such as free nutritious food, warm clothing and access to dental care, but also social needs such as education, child care, access to information and a safe space to build relationships and relax.

Event date

14-May-2017 00:00

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Well done!
Donation by Mona x
on 12-07-2017
£0.00 gift aid
Good Luck. Natalie (Oman)
Donation by Natalie (Oman)
on 07-06-2017
£35.00 gift aid
Thank you for working so hard Jo, on the cycle and in general!!! Having been on holiday just a short hop from the Khora Centre, it feels particularly important to donate money. One day I'd love to donate time as well!!! Lots of love and gratitude! xx
Donation by Heather
on 03-06-2017
£12.50 gift aid
Well done Peter and Jo. Great seeing you at the week-end.
Donation by Anonymous
on 29-05-2017
£2.50 gift aid
Well done Jo and Peter! xx
Donation by Clare
on 24-05-2017
£12.50 gift aid
Donation by Sara
on 24-05-2017
£25.00 gift aid
Jo and Peter, I hope you still have thighs of steel for the wedding ceilidh! Brilliant effort and a great cause, totes amazeballs both of you. Xx
Donation by Ruth, Charlie & Isla
on 24-05-2017
£2.50 gift aid
Well done, Jo, keep going and enjoy the satisfaction of the achievement. Aches and scrapes will disappear, but the work of Khora is long-lasting.
Donation by Bob Harvey
on 24-05-2017
£2.50 gift aid
good luck jo....may you power that bike through the French fields and towns
Donation by Anonymous
on 16-05-2017
£2.50 gift aid
Donation by Hannah E
on 15-05-2017
£0.00 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £1,570.00
Offline Donations: £0.00
Total Raised: £1,570.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £1,851.25

Donations closed

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