At RUN, we’re all about impact and improving people’s lives for the better. With this in mind, we have some clear outcomes that we measure, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, where possible.

Improved mental and physical health of a vulnerable group of refugees, through the creation of a safe and dedicated environment

(Sustainable Development Goal 3 – Good Health and Well-being)

After participating in our programmes:
79% report being calm, peaceful and happy after hiking/fitness
76% feel more hopeful after hiking/fitness
76% report much improved nutrition
73% of refugee participants report much better to noticeably improved personal health
73% confirm noticeably improved energy levels
70 % report noticeably improved self-esteem
64% report being less isolated and socialising more than before
59% report noticeably less pain (headaches, backaches, general pain);
50% report much better quality of sleep
38% of those taking sleeping pills report a reduction of intake

Gender Equal Access to healing for vulnerable refugees through sport

(Sustainable Development Goal 5 – Gender Equality)

64% of the adult participants in RUN’s programmes are women.
RUN is the only NGO in Hong Kong that provides regular sports activities for women refugees. We have a special focus on women as female refugees often find it harder to access sport than male due to barriers such as religion, cultural values, past experience of sexual violence, cost of transportation and duties associated with childcare. With this in mind, we provide support services (childcare, a babysitting stipend) to the female participants to enable them to exercise.

Restore independence and dignity through education and training to prepare for re-entry into the workforce

(Sustainable Development Goal 4 – Quality Education)

20 participants who have developed stronger mental and physical strength are updating or acquiring new skills and knowledge through online education. The aim is to prepare this group to access the workforce, whether in their future resettlement country or through gaining exceptional authorisation from the Immigration Department to work in Hong Kong.

Promotion of awareness and understanding amongst the local community towards refugees’ living circumstances
  • Volunteers from the Hong Kong community ran alongside refugees during track training sessions once a week during 48 weeks
  • Refugee participants volunteered in 9 races (7 local races and 2 international) in Hong Kong in 2017
  • RUN’s leadership team gave 8 awareness and fundraising talks to corporates in Hong Kong and organised two Corporate Social Responsibility events (with Macquarie Group and HandsOn Hong Kong)
  • RUN’s first trail races (19 km, 14 km and children’s race) took place in Hong Kong in November 2017, with almost 200 people from across the region participating. Refugees were involved in the race organisation, attended a refugee information booth, as well participating themselves in the race.