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This is a special invitation to a special challenge: join us on Sunday September 13 for a marathon walk! Half marathon and 10k are also available.

The walk will be dedicated to help children victims of human trafficking in Vietnam.

Distances and signing up:

· Full marathon walk: start in Aigle (train station)

· Half marathon walk: start in Montreux (train station)

· 10k walk: start in St. Saphorin (train station)

Finish line will be the ice cream shop, Port de Lutry. Expected arrival time: by 15:00 Detailed parcours available to participants. Please sign up with the facebook page or send us a message to contact@help-for-hope.org

 

Times: you can walk/jog/run at your own pace. Or you can join the “Blue Dragon Marathon Walk Team” as follows (times may change depending on participation, please stay tuned for announcements):

 

· Aigle train station: 7:30am (train from Lausanne arriving at 7:21)

· Montreux Freddie Mercury Statue: 11:00 (train from Lausanne arriving 10 :32)

· St Saphorin Café du Raisin : 13 :00 (train from Lausanne arriving 12 :56)

Live zoom streaming: we’re currently planning on having live zoom streaming during the event, with participants in other parts of the world!!

 

You can join through the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87340840893?pwd=RjVEeEhDenZ5VTRsUDErTzNQT1o1UT09&from=msft

 

Important : participation is entirely voluntary, based on an informal initiative amongst friends. We explicitly decline any responsibility whatsoever for accidents, illnesses, damages and other misfortunes during the event. These are under the full responsibility of participants. Food and drink supplies need to be either brought along or bought along the way by participants (please bear in mind the limited shop availability on Sunday). Finally, please choose a distance adequate for your fitness levels, so as to get to the finish line with a smile 😉

Michael Brosowski, founder of Blue Dragon in Vietnam,

An NGO dedicated to save children from human trafficking, has launched the Blue Dragon Marathon Walk challenge in the first place. Here is what he writes:

Wherever you are in the world, you can join in this marathon (or half-marathon) walk and raise money that will send 500 disadvantaged young people to education and training, and help them find jobs. This is especially important this year, given the devastating impact that the coronavirus pandemic has had on employment for young people in Vietnam.

Now in its 6th year, this popular event usually takes place in Melbourne Australia along the Merri Creek. This year, given the special circumstances, a “virtual” version is being organized. You still need to walk the distance, but you can do it wherever you are and with whoever you like (taking current restrictions into account).

It’s a great personal challenge, and I will be doing the full marathon walk myself – from a treadmill in Hanoi! It will still be very hot in Vietnam in September, so some of our kids and staff will walk a much shorter course on the day. They’re all getting involved because it’s such a fun and healthy event… and of course it raises money for a very important cause.

Last year, the Marathon raised $113,000 AUD for Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation to support disadvantaged youth in Vietnam. Knowing how difficult the global situation is, this year Blue Dragon is aiming to raise $50,000… and we will need your help to reach the goal!

For people walking the full marathon, we suggest you aim to raise $500; if you’re walking a half marathon, we suggest a $300 target. But don’t be afraid to stretch yourself and raise more!

It’s a fantastic challenge to walk such a distance. You will feel such a sense of accomplishment, but it does require some preparation and training. And the time to start training is now!

I hope you can join me on this walk for the kids.

 

SIncerely,

Michael Brosowski Founder & co-CEO www.bluedragon.org

 

Again, to take part, you can choose to walk the full or half marathon or 10k and sign up at contact@help-for-hope.org ; do your training; ask your friends and family to sponsor you; and, on September 13, let’s walk together!