Registrations for Fasting 5K 2016 have closed
Fasting 5K 2016 is on!
In 2013, an ordinary group of individuals in Boston went on a midnight bike ride during the month of Ramadan (a special month when Muslims around the world fast from sunrise to sunset and take extra time to pray, reflect and give charity). They came up with the idea to organize the first Fasting 5K, and raised thousands of dollars for local and international charities that aligned with their mission – to empower youth through the pursuit of charity and service to underserved populations.
In the years that followed, the individuals that pioneered the first Fasting 5K established a growing network of communities that run and walk for various charities every Ramadan. To date, Fasting 5K has raised more than $80,000 for children’s charities.
On Saturday, June 25, 2016, Fasting 5K participants will continue raising money for children’s charities – both local and abroad. This year, selected charities will focus on youth mental health.
Fasting 5K is proudly supporting the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) as its international charity. SAMS is a nonpolitical, nonprofit, professional and medical relief organization that represents hundreds of Syrian American medical professionals across the United States. SAMS is working on the front lines of crisis relief in Syria, neighboring countries, and Europe to alleviate suffering and save lives.
SAMS supports psychosocial services for men, women and children both inside Syria and living as refugees in neighboring countries. In 2015, SAMS provided psychosocial care for more than 25,000 Syrians and began supporting psychosocial care for urban refugees in Irbid, Jordan, who have limited access to medical care. This program uses art and play therapy such as photography, drawing, painting, and creative workshops to help individuals heal and cope with the effects of trauma.
In 2016, the funds raised from Fasting5K will be used to expand psychosocial services at Zaatari camp in Jordan. Fundraising will be used for expanding activities, replenishing supplies due to the expanding participant numbers and increasing mental health services for community members.
Learn more about the local charities supported by Fasting 5K below: