War Child Launches Fitness Fundraiser, Work Out For War Child, To Mark World Refugee Day on June 20, 2022

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Join Chantal Kreviazuk, Sangita Patel, Rick Campanelli, Tara Slone, and Joan Kelley Walker for Work Out For War Child to support the world’s refugees

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Acclaimed global humanitarian organization War Child Canada launches its second annual peer-to-peer fitness fundraiser Work Out For War Child on World Refugee Day, June 20, 2022.  This 5-day purpose-driven wellness challenge will run from June 20th to June 24th, 2022 and is open to anyone at any fitness level who wants to walk, run, or engage in a fitness activity of their choice, while raising critical funds for children who have been displaced by war. 

Join Grammy Award winning artist and War Child Ambassador Chantal Kreviazuk, Entertainment Tonight Canada’s Sangita Patel, television personality and host of Z103.5 Toronto Z Mornings, Rick Campanelli, Host of Top of [HER] Game, Rogers Hometown Hockey, Tara Slone, and media personality, philanthropist, and star of The Real Housewives of Toronto, Joan Kelley Walker as they support refugees around the world and help to raise funds for War Child’s essential programs that empower children and families to overcome the brutal impact of war. 

Work Out For War Child is designed to get employees, fitness enthusiasts, individuals, friends, and families working towards their fitness goals, while building team camaraderie and connecting to the global issues they care about. It is about taking action against the injustices of war, honouring the strength and courage of refugees, and making a difference in the lives of many of the world’s most vulnerable children. 

Registration is free. Companies, sports clubs, and individuals can register to participate here: www.warchild.ca/workoutforwarchild. 

According to the United Nations, an unprecedented 82.4 million people around the world have been forced to flee their homes. Over half of the world’s current refugees are children.

War Child hopes to raise $100,000 through this event. Funds raised will support thousands of war-affected children by providing essential programs that enable them to escape cycles of violence and poverty and create a brighter future for themselves and their communities.

War Child’s programs include sports programming for war-affected youth as a meaningful way for vulnerable refugees to engage with their new communities and to promote wellbeing. 

  • In Sudan, War Child’s youth centres address the needs of Ethiopian refugees by providing safe places for youth to participate in group activities and gain critical life-skills to navigate life in the refugee camps. Activities include leadership training, psychosocial counselling, and opportunities to join sports teams (volleyball and soccer). 
  • In Uganda, War Child’s youth clubs offer refugees life-skills training, business training, and sports programming. 

Ninah, a teenager who lost both of her parents to conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo before fleeing to Uganda, says that War Child’s youth clubs have helped many vulnerable youth realize their hidden potential.

 “War Child Canada discovers our talents by providing us who love sports with items like footballs, nets, and basketballs, and guitars and drums for those who love music and drama. This helps us to expand more on our God given talents and also to live together in harmony”, says Ninah, a member of a War Child youth club and an avid basketball player.

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