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Student charity hitchhike to raise money for Bristol refugee organisations

Student-run social enterprise Good Green Sushi has announced it will undertake a charity hitchhike to raise funds to support Bristol-based refugee kitchens and charities.

The Campaign has been organised by University of Bristol students Wayland Goodburn and Julian Shinta Green, co-founders of social enterprise Good Green Sushi, a vegan sushi company with a humanitarian drive, aiming to support local refugee charities through the enterprise's fundraisers and sushi workshops.

Image: GoFundMe page for Good Green Sushi

Wayland wrote on the GoFundMe page, 'this fundraising trip is part of an exploration into how we can support communities aiming to support refugees.' In recognition of the cause, the charity hitchhike will cross the continent, spanning from Calais, where many refuges seeking refuge in Britain end up, and will end in Athens. The route will allow the participants to follow the Balkan route travelled by many refugees.

Since 2012, the Balkan route has been a crucial pathway used by migrants to move around Europe to seek asylum. Even upon the closure of corridor in 2016, as Macedonia, Croatia and Slovenia announced their borders were shut, the Guardian reported 24,000 people were still believed be making the journey in just the following 4 months after its closure by EU leaders.

Upon reaching Athens, the fundraisers for Good Green Sushi will be volunteering in kitchens of Hotel City Plaza, a refugee community centre in which Good Green Sushi hosted its first sushi workshop in the summer of 2016.

The causes will be supporting an array of organisations integral to the Bristol's charity sector, including Aid Box Community, Bristol Hospitality Network and Moveable Feast, all of which provide crucial help, support and hospitality to refugees in Bristol. All of the proceeds raised by the hitchhike will be donated and split between these charities to support the continuation of their work.

More information about how to donate to the cause or the progress of the trip and its fundraising can be found via the GoFundMe page:

Featured Image: Good Green Sushi

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