Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

October 9, 2013

Central stages Hike to Help Refugees

The Journal Express

---- — In 2012 there were 15.2 million refugees around the world seeking safer territory. The Central College Volunteer Center is calling attention to this crisis by partnering with the United Nations Association of Iowa to bring Hike to Help Refugees to the community.

The Hike to Help Refugees is set for Fifield Recreation Area near Lake Red Rock Saturday, Oct. 12 from 9 a.m.-noon, starting with a three-mile walk and a six-mile run on the nearby Volksweg Trail.

Speakers and activities will follow, led by some Des Moines residents who came to Iowa as refugees from around the world. They’ll share their experiences and seek to raise awareness for the millions of people worldwide who are fleeing their homelands.

Participation is $5 for adults and free for students. All proceeds go to the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, specifically benefitting the millions of displaced Syrian and Sudanese refugees.

For more information, contact Michelle Stewart of the Central Volunteer Center at 641-628-5263 or

Scheduling note--If the federal government shutdown is still in effect Oct. 12, the hike will be held at Central College’s cross country course in the A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex.