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Race to the finish for Bursaries Fund

London 10k with Lynn & Rachael

Ayar after the run, with PoC staff

We are thrilled to report that one of our beneficiaries, Ayar Ata, has raised an amazing amount of money for our annual Bursaries Fund.  Ayar ran the British London 10k in July 2014 and managed a personal best time too! Ayar is currently undertaking a PhD with the support of one of our bursary grants. His research title is: a study of Kurdish diaspora in London.

A typical PoC bursary is £3,500 and previous recipients include human rights defenders, lawyers, environmental activists, teachers and academics. In a typical year, we would award bursaries to 15 successful candidates. You can read the story of one of our grant recipients here.

Our bursary holders face overwhelming odds to rebuild their lives during and after their ordeals. Before they can even think about restarting their careers, they often face prolonged separation from their loved ones and the ongoing effects of persecution. Those in a position to take up a bursary have already shown great resolve and courage. With the help of a bursary grant, they are able resume their careers in exile, supporting themselves and their families.

Ayar at a PoC event

Ayar is now in the final year of his PhD and is in the process of writing up his 80,000 word thesis. In Ayar’s words: “I will be running 10k in July for the wonderful and friendly PoC, to say THANKYOU. You have enabled me to run an extra mile to achieve my dream project at the fantastic London South Bank University”. Please send a message of support to Ayar, and help him to raise funds for other deserving bursary candidates.

You can still sponsor Ayar on his JustGiving page here:Donate with JustGiving 

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Thank you for your support.