Pier's 10k run for peace in Colombia
by Colombian Caravana
raised by 18 donations
of £600.00 Target Goal
£600.00 Target Goal
Ten years ago, while running, I injured my knee. While the damage was minor, I haven't been able to run the same distances as I used to. I began to enjoy walking long distances. I walk everywhere in London, back home in Italy and wherever I go. While I have tried to start running again several times, I have not been able to run more than 3-4 km and for limited periods of time. However, recently I have been feeling the urgency to try again with more determination than ever. And it is working! I have set myself progressive running targets and the first one is the Virgin Sport 10k run on 21 July. This is going to be a challenge for me but it will push my confidence and running abilities forward and prepare me for the next objective. This year, I am running for the Colombian Caravana, a London-based charity that supports human rights lawyers and defenders at risk in Colombia. I have been volunteering for the Caravana for several years and I am now its Advocacy Director. Human rights lawyers and defenders in Colombia run personal daily metaphorical marathons to protect the environment, represent vulnerable clients such as social leaders, trade unionists, indigenous communities and displaced individuals, and they represent the pillars upon which peace-building efforts rest in Colombia. The Peace Agreement signed in 2016 between the FARC and the Colombian Government acknowledge human rights defenders' fundamental role for a sustainable transitional justice process. But this important work often comes at great personal cost. Colombia is one of the countries in the world where being a human rights defender is most dangerous. Dozens of them have been killed since the signing of the Agreement and yet they continue relentlessly in their important work. If they can run their personal marathon despite the risks they face, I can certainly run my 10k! And you can help me raise funds for the Caravana to support human rights lawyers and defenders at risk in Colombia! Thank you and I hope to spot you in the crowd!
The Colombian Caravana is a small and dynamic UK charity, at the centre of an international network of jurists to support lawyers and legal professionals in Colombia. The Caravana is a pioneering initiative based on solidarity, education and advocacy. Colombian human rights lawyers conduct vital work ensuring access to justice for marginalised and excluded victims of human rights violations, including indigenous peoples, Afro-Colombians, small-scale farmers, women, displaced persons, and family members of victims of extrajudicial killing and forced disappearance. Moreover, lawyers play a key role for victims who seek to find truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-repetition. The Caravana works to promote human rights, rule of law, and access to justice in Colombia by collaborating with Colombian human rights lawyers, strengthening their capacity to represent victims and advocate for their safety and well-being in their work. The Caravana began in 2008 when we were first invited by Colombian human rights lawyers to undertake an international delegation of jurists: since then we've organised five biennial delegations to Colombia. We have almost no overheads, an active and engaged board, and a volunteer membership that committed to ensuring that Colombian human rights defenders are able to carry out their work freely without threat to their lives and occupation. A donation to the Caravana is directed immediately towards ensuring we provide the best legal and solidarity support to lawyers at risk.Charity Registration No. 1141255