This May, we are inviting everyone to walk, run, scoot, skate and cycle the 2,730 miles from London to Tehran in support of Amnesty International UK and to raise awareness of their work to free British citizens like Nazanin and Anoosheh unjustly imprisoned in Iran. Our #WonderfulWarriors will show that we are with these innocent people every step of the way and that together we will #BringThemHome to their loved ones in the UK.
Nazanin, a dual British-Iranian national, was arrested in 2016 when attempting to return to the UK with her daughter after visiting her grandparents in Iran. She was separated from her daughter and held in solitary confinement for months before being convicted in a grossly unfair trial. Nazanin’s sentence has now been served but she is still unable to leave Iran to be reunited with her family in London.
Anoosheh, as a dual British-Iranian citizen, was arrested in 2017 near his mother’s home in Tehran by military intelligence officers. He too was held in solitary confinement and convicted after an unfair trial. Anoosheh has been sentenced to 10-years in prison.
Both Anoosheh and Nazanin maintain their innocence and have not been allowed to properly defend themselves against the charges levelled against them. They have also been held in appalling conditions and have been denied access to medical care during their incarceration.
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This May, to celebrate the relaunch of the Wonderful Organisation and the return of summer, we're kicking fundraising back into action.
We're inviting fundraisers across the country to make the most of longer days and sunnier skies to help meet one ambitious target: 100,000 miles in 31 days.
"We all need something to pep us up a little after long, gloomy lockdowns. This is the perfect opportunity to be part of something bigger and better, and the extra little spark some of us need to get the trainers on and the steps in." - Kieron James, Wonderful.org.
Together, fundraisers will take around 200 million steps in our national challenge to raise £100,000 for charities like Amnesty International UK, Cancer Research UK and the National Emergencies Trust. Best of all, our completely fee-free model means that every single penny will be passed directly into charities' bank accounts.
Throughout May, our #WonderfulWarriors walking, jogging and flat-out sprinting for causes they care about - though others may prefer to clock their miles in the saddle (cycle, horse, camel) or trunks (elephant, Speedos). Anything goes!
And don't worry, there's no need to count each step or map every route as we've integrated with Strava! You can use the free Strava smartphone app to record every jaunt, ramble, swim or skate - each activity will automatically be posted to your fundraising page. And for those who prefer to record their distance manually, it's easy to post quick distance updates.
Join us this May, it's going to be miles better!View all Fundraiser pages for this official event
That’s wonderful. And what did you do with the money? Miriam Hopkins