Barking parkrun hosts fundraising school friends

PUBLISHED: 12:00 21 November 2018

School friends Leo and Rafi are running all 53 parkruns within the M25 to raise awareness of homelessness and visited Barking

School friends Leo and Rafi are running all 53 parkruns within the M25 to raise awareness of homelessness and visited Barking


Barking parkrun played host to two school friends hoping to make a difference in their community, writes Emdad Rahman.

Leo and Rafi will celebrate their 13th birthdays in 2019 and fulfil the Jewish ritual of Bar Mitzvah.

And they are running all 53 parkruns within the M25 to raise awareness of Together in Barnet, which runs a night shelter for vulnerable people during winter and works with day centre Homeless Action in Barnet.

“Homelessness is an issue which we both feel very sad and angry about,” they said.

“We know that others have not had the opportunities, safety, respect and support that is taken for granted and have decided to take on the parkrun challenge because we want to make a difference to homelessness in our local community.

“We’ve chosen our local shelter where we help out with cooking tasks. When we’re older we will take on more roles. We’re really enjoying the challenge and lots of people have been interested in what we’re doing.”

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