Hello everyone, I have signed up for the New York Marathon taking place on 4 November 2018. This will be my first marathon!
I see this as a great opportunity to raise money for charity and therefore, I have again chosen the Patricia Fleming Foundation. This was the charity I raised money for a few years ago when I jumped out of a plane in Dubai. Needless to say, I will not be doing that anytime soon.
I’m very passionate and fond of the work carried out by the foundation and I have been assisting in my role as a lawyer, where needed. The foundation was founded by Jayne Fleming, who leads the human rights practice at international law firm Reed Smith. The goal of the project is to identify the most vulnerable refugees who have suffered torture and persecution, and relocate them to places where they may heal. So far, Jayne has led over a dozen missions to Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Kurdistan and Greece, where her team have interviewed several hundred refugees and torture victims, and identified dozens of the most at-risk survivors, for whom they are developing comprehensive legal protection strategies. News coverage of the legal advocacy has also drawn much-needed attention to the plight of refugees and victims of torture. Please note that the legal aspects to this foundation is pro bono (voluntary work).
However, your donations are required to provide urgently needed medical, mental health, and other services to refugees, torture survivors and displaced individuals who need to be evacuated from the Middle East for protection. Funds are also used to reduce vulnerability of clients while their cases are prepared, including conducting home visits, providing food and emergency shelter, as well as meeting other basic needs. As you all know, this is still a prevalent topic in the media today and they desperately need our help.
Your support and any donations until then would mean a lot to me – this page is very easy to navigate and you can also select 'anonymous' if you don't wish to reveal your identity. The process only takes a few minutes. Please also note that my firm will match the funds raised up to a certain amount :-) Therefore, I encourage you to share this link with your family and friends to spread the word and to raise awareness.
Thank you all - I appreciate it! I’ll make sure to provide regular updates on the work done by Jayne and her team. If you would like further information on the above, please feel free to contact me.