Team Hagar runs the Angkor Wat Half


15267645_10153943872036046_7256433893147578878_nLast December over 9,000 runners from around the world ran around the Angkor Wat World UNESCO heritage site, competing in the Angkor Wat Half Marathon on Sunday December 4th.

Hagar’s international team of more than 60 supporters, clients and staff ran the 3, 10, and 21km race to raise funds and spread awareness on ending violence against women in Cambodia. There were Hagar runners from around the world – New Zealand, Cambodia, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, United States, and England. The stars of our team were the 18 young men and women from Hagar’s programmes in Phnom Penh. We had a fantastic time together!

As well as the official run, the Hagar team participated in 2 special events the day before where we heard first hand about the work Hagar does – not only from Hagar staff but from runners from Hagar Cambodia, who shared a powerful and moving testimony.

New Zealand was represented by our Operations Director Sarah Scott Webb and her family (husband Kieran and daughter Tessa) and a group of 10 Rotarians from around the country. Sarah reports it was an incredible experience – ” to run through the temples of Angkor Wat was mind-blowing…. the atmsphere was just fantastic….and to be able to run with some of our Hagar young men and women was incredibly special.” She also said it should be on everyone’s bucket list to do one day “You don’t have to be a runner – there were plenty of people walking, and even stopping to take photos along the way!”

But Sarah’s highlight came not from the run, but from hearing from one of the Hagar runners say “I felt normal….everyone treated me like a normal person – they couldn’t tell if I was Hagar staff or a survivor.”

To everyone who dedicated their time, energy and money to support the team, THANK YOU! Join us again for the Run for Hagar 2017!

We’re doing this again in December 2017!!! Details will be posted here in April, keep an eye on our Facebook page , or email joanne.hand@hagar.org.nz to register your interest.

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