Students from National University’s FOCUS (Fellowship of Christian University Students) and the Running/Walking Club have joined together in an event to raise donations to help Syrian refugees. This Friday, Nov. 6, participants will run or walk one lap around Janse Hall (¼ mile) for every $10 raised in donations online. Donations can be made here.
Nearly 12 million Syrians have been forced from their homes by the fighting, with half this number being children. At least 7.6 million have been displaced within Syria, and more than 4 million have fled as refugees to neighboring countries. Increasing numbers of refugees are making dangerous attempts to reach Europe.
The two NUHS student groups are raising money with the walk to support World Vision’s relief efforts for Syrian refugees. World Vision provides refugees with basic hygiene and food packages, as well as baby packs for mothers. The organization hopes to expand its efforts to include child protective services.
Student organizations at National University, such as FOCUS and the Running/Walking Club, participate in community service and outreach efforts as part of their charters. It is part of the university’s mission to give back to our local community, our professions, and the world.