2014 Gaza Solidarity 5K Walk/Run


Please help us spread the word by doing the following:

Send those emails! 

Once you’ve registered, send a quick email to friends and family asking them to join you. Tell them why this event is so important to you, and it will probably become important for them too. Here’s an UNRWA article if you want to give them the basics about psychological trauma for children in Gaza.

Sample email:

Dear [Insert name],

On Saturday, May 17th, I'll be participating in the Gaza Solidarity 5K Walk/Run in Washington DC. All proceeds will provide counseling to Gazan children suffering from PTSD and other psychological trauma. It's going to be a really fun and meaningful event, and I would love for you to join me! You can join my team by registering here [insert hyperlink].

If you can't run/walk with me, you can still take part by making a tax-deductible donation to my fundraising page [insert hyperlink]. Together, we can do more for the children of Gaza!


[Insert name]

Get social!

Post and tweet updates about your fundraising efforts. Share status updates from our Facebook page on your wall. Retweet our tweets on Twitter. Use our images as your cover photos.

First steps:

  • Like American Friends of UNRWA on Facebook so you can share our posts with your family and friends: facebook.com/unrwausa
  • RSVP for our event on Facebook (RSVP)
  • Share the Facebook event page with your friends. (Share now)
  • Tweet! Make sure to always include @unrwausa, a link to your personal fundraising page, and the hashtag #Gaza5K.

Sample Facebook posts:

  1. I registered for American Friends of UNRWA's 3rd Annual Gaza Solidarity 5K Walk/Run in Washington DC on May 17th benefiting the children of Gaza. Support my efforts by making a donation or joining my team! [Link to your page]
  2. I’m committed to raising at least $100 dollars for the children of Gaza. Help me reach this goal by donating $10 to my fundraising page [Link to your fundraising page]. Every dollar counts!

Sample tweets to get your friends to join you:

  • How far would you walk to help #refugees? I'm asking you to do 3.1 miles with me! Sign up now: http://unrwausa.org/gaza5K #Gaza5K @unrwausa (Tweet now
  • I'm running in @unrwausa's charity 5k to raise money for Gazan children. Join my team: [Insert link for team page] #Gaza5K
  • Why the #Gaza5K? Because over 70K kids in #Gaza need our support. Join me on 5/17: http://unrwausa.org/gaza5k (Tweet now)
  • @unrwausa has provided counseling to 70K kids facing PTSD. Join me on 5/17 to help them do more: http://unrwausa.org/gaza5k #Gaza5K (Tweet now)

Sample tweets to get those donations!:

    1. I am walking/running in @unrwausa's #Gaza5K benefiting the kids of Gaza. Support my efforts, make a donation! [Insert link to your page]
    2. I’ve committed to raising $____ to support the children of Gaza. Help me reach my goal, make a donation [Insert link to your page] #Gaza5K

Get published!

Write an article for your local newspaper or favorite blog. Let your local community know why the 5K is an important event! Be sure to email the link tolaila@friendsunrwa.org so we can promote your article.

Pick up the phone! 

Remember when you used to use your phone to make calls instead of to update your Facebook status? Pretend it’s 2001 and start calling friends and family to see if they’ll join you for a day of solidarity and fun! With a voice like yours, how could they say no?! 

Hand out flyers! 

If you want to receive the gold star for most active Gaza 5K participant, hand out flyers and promo cards to interested businesses, organizations, and social clubs in the DC metro area. We’re happy to send you the materials, just email us at info@friendsunrwa.org. Or you can download a flyer here.

Here are some fundraising tips to help you reach your goal:

  1. Make the first donation to your page. Even if your donation is small, it lets your friends and family know that you’re serious about the cause!
  2. Personalize your fundraising page and emails to let people know why you’re running/walking in the Gaza 5K. If they know why you care, they’re more likely to care too! Need some inspiration? Click here for more information on UNRWA's psycho-social support program
  3. Keep asking! Like running (or walking) a 5K, fundraising takes perseverance. Consistently send emails, share your fundraising page on social media, and tell friends and family about your goal. Your supporters are out there, you just have to ask! If you need help with language, contact us! You might need to send emails at least 3 times -it can take a few reminders to get donations.
  4. Use the #Gaza5K hashtag. Your Facebook status is what everyone sees in their newsfeeds, so make it count. Two to three times a week, post about your fundraising or training achievements, and make sure to always include a link back to your fundraising page. If you can, include photos of you training!

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