The Running Refugees

Refugee Life Chairman Rush Darwish to Run 10-Mile Race while Fasting during Ramadan.

Rush Darwish training with the Yankee Runners in Palos Park to help prepare him for the Quarryman Challenge

Refugee Life Foundation Chairman and Co-founder Rush Darwish has decided to take on the ultimate challenge. In an effort to raise funds to repair or rebuild homes in Gaza, Palestine, Rush will participate in a 10-mile race Saturday May 8th 2021 while fasting to observe the holy the month of Ramadan. “I know some people think running a long distance while fasting is extreme, but I know my struggle will be temporary compared to the extreme conditions thousands of families suffer every single day in Gaza, Palestine” Darwish said.

“I hope this race will raise awareness and funds to help families live life with a sense of normalcy”. The Quarryman Challenge is a 10-mile race in Lemont, IL and is considered one of the most difficult races in the Midwest. Mr. Darwish has been adding morning runs with the Palos Park based Yankee Runners to help prepare him for the challenge. But he says the real challenge comes with fasting 10 more hours after the race.

Mr. Darwish’s effort is part of a campaign with the Refugee Life Foundation and the Hanan Refugee Relief Group called 30 days 30 homes. Thousands of homes in Gaza are severely lacking basic living standards leaving many families without access to clean water, electricity, and plumbing.  The campaign is open for participants to Run or Walk 3.1 miles virtually, or complete a 30 mile walk or run challenge during Ramadan from April 14 Through May 15th, 2021. We are strongly encouraging all registered participants to set up a fundraiser page through with a minimum fundraiser goal of $300.