“When a mentor benefits as much as the mentee, you know that you are in a special programme. Since May of last year, I have had the good fortune to engage with my mentee as he laboured through online finance courses, wrote a detailed CV and planned for an employed future. In spite of all the years of hardship he has been through, he impressed me with his positive energy and strong determination to move forward step-by-step. I learned a great deal myself just observing how he calmly dealt with his present situation and how he approached life. At the same time, I sensed great gratitude and appreciation from him towards the RUN organisers, for the close attention, guidance and resources furnished to him. After 30 years in the corporate world, I am aware that a good mentoring programme is very difficult to establish, but RUN has managed to set up one that is both practical and effective. Thank you RUN for a chance to mentor on a wonderful platform.”
- Kim Hong, volunteer mentor
“I get everything from RUN, and even more. A stranger that calls you sweetheart, embracing you; warmth that has no price; healing that needs no doctor. If I was to write a book, I would not fall short of words of all that I have gained from RUN and its volunteers who take time to spend with us, the ‘nobodies’ in society. Someone sees us as we wait.”
- Marie, refugee from East Africa.
“RUN continuously teaches me something new about people, about cooperation, about compassion and about myself. In helping others, I am reminded that we are all in this together and we need to remember to support each other. Life has so much to offer if we remember to look beyond ourselves. Being a part of this group means so much to me and it’s all thanks to RUN.”
- Camille, refugee from South Asia.
“The impact you are having is immeasurable. You have given my mum confidence and the awareness of her own strength. From the time she started running, I have seen her grow into the woman she was before, even better.”
- Teenage refugee from East Africa about her mother, a survivor of torture and domestic violence.
“At RUN, I feel loved and alive again.”
- Refugee and survivor of sexual violence from South East Asia.
“Since joining RUN, I feel healthier than before and my self-esteem and even my English have improved. I feel strong, hopeful, have lost weight, have less back pain, am more energetic and more confident. I don’t take sleeping pills so often. I sleep better and I love studying. It feels like I have support in many ways now. RUN has helped me more than I can express. It has changed my life. I have met a lot of friends and it feels like one family. I feel very relaxed in the RUN family.”
- The RUN refugee community