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My name is Shay and I'm 19 years old. Born in New Zealand and brought up in Essex, England, I will be aiming to run Te Araroa trail (3000km) solo in roughly 100 days (around 30km a day). The trail runs the length of New Zealand from Cape Reinga in the North Island to Bluff in the South Island. 
My idea to run the trail originally stemmed from my wish to explore the country where I was born. However, it soon occurred to me that I could potentially raise some money for a cause I care about a lot.
I first became aware of Care4Calais through a local charity I was involved with, called Refugee Action Colchester. I ended up volunteering with Care4Calais for just under a week in the summer of 2019, helping to distribute emergency aid to refugees in northern France and Belgium.
My run, although a difficult journey, will be nothing compared to the journey these refugees make to western Europe, fleeing their own war-torn countries in search of a safe haven. Many have not been able to find it, instead being met with hostility from French and British authorities. This is why I feel Care4Calais, who provide essentials to these vulnerable people, are the perfect organisation to support with my run.
For more information and ways you can get involved please visit https://care4calais.org/

To keep up to date with my run, feel free to follow me at: https://instagram.com/shayrunsnz2?igshid=8vp29dnehkox

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Care4Calais is a volunteer-run charity delivering essential aid and support to refugees living in the UK, Northern France, and Belgium. We believe in a fair and tolerant British society and advocate for a welcoming and inclusive attitude towards refugees. Operating year round from Calais, our focus is to provide warm clothing, bedding, food and medical assistance to people in desperate need. We also provide social support and interaction, including language lessons and sports and music workshops. We are on the ground with the refugees every single day and are respectful of their common humanity and responsive to their needs.

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