UNHCR and Google organises “YouTube Run for UNHCR” in Bangkok

UNHCR and Google organises “YouTube Run for UNHCR” in Bangkok

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Google today announced a “YouTube Run for UNHCR”, to be held on Sunday, 18 February 2018 at Rama IX Park in Bangkok. The run will raise funds for UNHCR’s work to support the global refugee crisis.

Praya Lundberg, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and YouTube creators are encouraging the public to participate and to stand with refugees at this difficult time.

“Caring for one another as human beings is our responsibility,” said Ms. Lundberg. “I am grateful to YouTube for organizing this event which makes it easy for the public to join the international community to support refugees.”

Today, the needs of refugees and other displaced people continues to grow, especially in light of new crises and worsening displacement. UNHCR’s work globally is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from governments, intergovernmental institutions and, increasingly, from individuals and corporations.

In collaboration with UNHCR, Google.org has helped shed light on the plight of refugees and raised funds to make a difference in their lives.

“We’re pleased to be supporting UNHCR on this fun event to raise funds for an important cause. Global displacement is at an all-time high, and we feel strongly about helping where we can. Google has been a longtime supporter of UNHCR, working to provide emergency support and access to vital information and education to refugees,” said Ben King, Google Thailand Country Director.

All proceeds from the ticket sales of “YouTube Run for UNHCR” will go to UNHCR to provide life-saving assistance and protection to refugees where the need is the greatest. These include operations in some of the biggest emergencies around the world such as those in Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Tickets for “YouTube Run for UNHCR” are available at www.fabmotion.co.th/youtuberunforunhcr

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