Why a run?

The Run for Palestine is a fun, family-friendly event bringing Canadians together to alleviate the suffering of Palestinian children living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Runners, walkers, and people of all ages are welcome.

What does the run support?

Proceeds from the Run For Palestine 2K, 5K and 10K will fund UNRWA's Community Mental Health Program (CMHP) to help empower vulnerable refugees in Gaza and CHEO's youth mental health program, to better cope with the extreme psychological pressures they face on a daily basis.

1) UNRWA's Community Mental Health Program (CMHP)

Ongoing violence since 2012 has led to a doubling of reported cases of Psychological Trauma in Gaza. Nearly half of those cases are children under the age of nine. The stress of the ongoing blockade, continued conflict, extreme poverty, and increased gender-based violence have produced intense fear, bed-wetting, poor concentration, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, irritability, and hyperactivity. If left untreated, these children face an increased risk of anti-social behavioural problems, limiting their true potential and holding back Palestinian society as a whole.

Since the start of the CMHP in 2002, UNRWA has seen greater academic focus and confidence in children who have received support. Counselor training and community workshops help ensure that kids are provided constructive psycho-social support and an environment of greater acceptance where they receive the respect, dignity, and support they need to become positive, contributing members of Palestinian society.

2) CHEO's youth mental health program.

What was once thought of as an unusual surge in the need for children and youth mental health services has become the new normal. Since 2010, CHEO has seen a 75% increase in mental health emergency visits. Last year, over 3,100 children came to the CHEO Emergency Department in need of mental health support. Your participation in the ORFP charity run will help doctors, nurses and staff provide the care and support these patients need.

This program would not be possible without generous donations from friends like you around the world.

Who are we?

We are the Ottawa Run for Palestine Committee, a not-for-profit voluntary association which aims to promote healthy living which respects the environment and embraces diversity

Run for Palestine is dedicated to delivering its second run/walk event for this year in September. This would not be possible without your support.