An easy way you can help local refugees just like Olympian swimmer Yusra Mardini

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I’m sure many of you have heard the story of Yusra Mardini, the Syrian refugee turned Olympic athlete who helped save the lives of 20 migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea last summer. Yusra swam in open water for three hours pushing and pulling their group’s overcrowded boat to shore after its engine malfunctioned.

This summer Yusra’s inspiring story has been shared around the world as she competes as a swimmer for the Refugee Olympic Team in Rio.

While World Relief has yet to resettle any refugee Olympians this summer, our arriving refugees experience their own challenges and triumphs of Olympic proportions.

I think of the refugee single mother who is spread so thin providing care for her children in between her long, overnight shifts at the factory. Then there’s the ten year old Arabic speaking boy who bravely walks down the hall of a Chicago Public School building on his very first day of school. Or, perhaps you can imagine the determination an elderly couple from Burma summon in order to walk a mile to their English class on a cold, snowy February morning.

One way you can support the difficult resettlement journey our refugees face is by joining us for our 5k run/walk at the Bunker Hill Forest Preserve on Saturday, September 24th. All proceeds will benefit World Relief Chicago and the refugees we serve. 

Through Saturday, August 20th, use promo code OLYMPICS to save 10% on your registration fee. Learn more at 


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