Gaza Marathon

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


2013 Gaza Summer Activities

The Gaza Marathon

UNRWA relies upon the generosity of its donors to carry out Summer Fun Weeks. We count on YOU to help us give an opportunity for Gaza children to play!

Gaza Marathon

We regret to announce that the UNRWA Gaza Marathon, due to be held on 10 April 2013, has been cancelled following a decision by the authorities in Gaza not to allow women to participate.

Registered Marathon participants who still wish to come to Gaza are welcome; UNRWA is working on an alternative programme of events which will be forwarded to those interested as soon as possible.

UNRWA is disappointed with this decision, and sincerely regrets the inconvenience this may cause to those who planned to participate in the marathon.

UNRWA is extremely grateful for the overwhelming public interest in the Marathon, and the depth of support for the children of Gaza, for whom the marathon was intended to raise funds.

What was Summer Games?

Since 2004 Summer Games provided a unique opportunity for 250,000 children per year in Gaza – a safe place to play, make friends, learn and express themselves freely. Through art, theatre, sports, beach games and music, the children participated in camps across the Gaza Strip.

Due to a lack of funding, UNRWA had to make the difficult decision not to hold Summer Games in 2012 and instead to donate the funds raised through the marathon to support our “Special Children Special Needs” initiative, which provides dedicated teams of paediatricians, nurses and counsellors to identify and address medical problems, psycho-social issues and socio-economic challenges of the nearly 13,000 children who fail all six of their subjects at UNRWA schools.

Welcome Summer Fun Weeks!

In 2013 children of Gaza will be able to enjoy summer activities yet again. UNRWA will organise a Summer Fun Weeks, where every participating child can have a week of recreation and fun through sport and play.


This is YOUR time to help!

Here you can create a first giving page, which you can share with friends and family and in social media. Update your profile, upload your picture, create a group, and inspire others to join! With your run in Gaza you can encourage everyone to donate to the UNRWA Summer Fun Weeks for children. Every penny will go to help Gaza children play!

You should:

Create your own personal fundraising page through FirstGiving to raise money for the cause.

  • Share this event with your friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter.
  • You can also support the fundraising efforts of other runners and donate on their FirstGiving page.
  • Donate to the Gaza Summer Fun Weeks!

Read more on the UNRWA marathon and the Summer Fun Weeks on