Galwegians will run alongside asylum seekers in an 8k race in August to show their support for those living in Direct Provision.
The Streets of Galway 8k road race will take place on 10 August and the Galway Sanctuary Runners are hoping the local community comes out in support of those in Direct Provision.
Former Racewalking World Champion and Olympic medallist Olive Loughnane will run once again for the Sanctuary Runners, as well as former All-Ireland winner Alan Kerins.
There are 372 asylum seekers in Galway today, 210 in the Eglinton centre on the proms in Salthill and another 162 in the Great Western House (an all-male centre) in Eyre Square.
Graham Clifford, who set up the movement, said: “We know Galway has a big heart and the Sanctuary Runners want people to show those in Direct Provision friendship and respect on this night. We are not a charity, our focus is on solidarity. By wearing the top and running you’re saying ‘we see you as a person, not a statistic, and we stand with you.’”
He added: “Its so difficult to show humanity to those in the immigration system. Often they are hidden away. But this is an opportunity to extend that hand of friendship in a positive and healthy way. Its an opportunity not to be missed.”
“We are so grateful to Galway City Harriers and the organisers of the Streets of Galway for their support this year. It’s such a wonderful race to be part of,” added Clifford.