Across the US, Americans are spreading the word on the importance of creating better access to mental health services for Palestine refugee kids in the Gaza Strip.

Hear in their own words why Gaza 5K participants choose to move for mental health

CHERIE | DC GAZA 5K | 2018

“Last Saturday [September 22, 2018], I ran the Gaza 5K for the second year in a row. I ran a 19 second PR and came in first among the women, but despite my personal accomplishments that day, what was most meaningful was running for a cause I care so deeply about. It felt especially crucial after the current administration ceased US funding to UNRWA, as well as funding to Palestinian hospitals in East Jerusalem. It was an honor to run for the Institute for Palestine Studies team and for the people of Gaza, and it was so heartwarming to meet so many others who are just as passionate about the Palestinian cause.“


MELANIE | DC GAZA 5K | 2018

“For me, personally, I love this event because it’s not only showing up for a cause that I care about, but I love running, and I love being part of community.”

NADIA | NYC GAZA 5K | 2015

“I’m so excited to see such a diverse community of people come out today to support Palestinians and support the people of Gaza. [It’s] such an outpouring of love and it’s beautiful to see. The diversity of Brooklyn is being expressed so perfectly today in Prospect Park.”

LAITH (6 yrs) | ORANGE COUNTY GAZA 5K | 2015

“It’s [the Gaza 5K] important because they [Palestinians in Gaza] are dying and they need help from somebody in this world. I want them to be healthy and happy and live like me and be able to play soccer and have a home.”


Voices of the Gaza 5K

Stories from Gaza 5K events across the US


Gaza 5K in the media