Sanctuary Runners receive funding via #IrelandForUkraine Fund

• The Sanctuary Runners’ ‘Side-By-Side’ programme receives funding via the #IrelandForUkraine Fund

• A Solidarity-through-sports initiative with 10,000 participants

• Bringing people together – regardless of nationality or legal status

Today, the #IrelandForUkraine fund awarded funding to the Sanctuary Runners to kick start it’s ‘Side-By-Side’ programme.

Aiming to create 50 new Sanctuary Runner groups in towns and communities across Ireland over the next two years to help bring all, including Ukrainian people, together with those in the host community.

“We have seen through our work since 2018 how running, jogging and walking together can be such a powerful tool towards social inclusion and community integration. For those coming from Ukraine it’s so vital they have a way to meet people locally and vice versa in a relaxed way. This is about solidarity rather than charity. And our groups are open to ALL no matter one’s nationality, legal status, religion, culture, gender or sexual orientation,” explained Graham Clifford, CEO and Founder of the Sanctuary Runners.

The ’Side-By-Side Programme’ will be launched separately in the coming weeks.

“We are so grateful to the Community Foundation, the #IrelandForUkraine fund and other funders who are making this initiative possible. Together we will create a blue wave of positivity, friendship and respect in communities across Ireland – one step at a time,” added Clifford

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