WALKATHON | Assyrian youth get walking for Christian refugees

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The Assyrian Church of the East’s youth association invite you to be involved in their annual walkathon on August 27 to raise funds for Christian refugees in Iraq and Syria.

Part of the funds raised will go to the church’s non-profit relief organisation which helps Christian refugees caught up in war and persecution in Iraq and Syria.

The walkathon is highly anticipated by the local Assyrian community, with both young and old participants joining in to support a greater cause while paying homage to religious traditions.

Our older participants view the walk as keeping with the traditions they’d take part in back in their homelands. - Susan George, youth co-ordinator

“Our older participants view the walk as a sacrifice or promise that they wish to complete in keeping with traditions, such as pilgrimages, they’d take part in back in their ancestral homelands,” said youth co-ordinator Susan George.

RIBBON CUT: H.B. Mar Meelis Zaia opens last year's walkathon. Picture: supplied

RIBBON CUT: H.B. Mar Meelis Zaia opens last year's walkathon. Picture: supplied

The walkathons have been running for 10 years, enabling the community to support many appeals and charities including the Children’s Starlight Foundation and the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

“The spirit of the walkathon is about taking the time to make a charitable and meaningful donation while at the same time coming together as a community and enjoying a fun day out,” Ms George said.

The walkathon will be opened at noon by H.B. Mar Meelis Zaia and priests and deacons at St Hurmizd Cathedral at Greenfield Park.

  • Registration fee: $15 (includes T-shirt to wear on the day and sponsorship form). Registration form.
  • Details: youth co-ordinator Susan George, sgeo1989@gmail.com or youth group member Somar Ochana, somar.ochana@hotmail.com or 0424 260 052.
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