DC MUSLIMS COUNTER ANTI-ISLAM PROTESTS WITH FASTING 5K CHARITY RUN ON SATURDAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
​June 10, 2017
DC MUSLIMS COUNTER ANTI-ISLAM PROTESTS WITH FASTING 5K CHARITY RUN ON SATURDAY
70% of proceeds will be distributed to Poligon Education Fund to train Muslim youth on Congressional engagement
Washington, D.C. – On Saturday, June 10, the same day that “March Against Shariah” will be held across the country by ACT for America, D.C. Muslims will be running and walking at the end of a 17 hour long fast to empower their community members against such hate. About 70 people are expected to participate in the annual 5k. A majority of the proceeds will benefit Poligon Education Fund (Poligon), a non-profit, non-partisan organization launched in January to amplify the Muslim American voice in Congress.
Ramadan is a holy month celebrated annually by the Islamic faith, in which healthy Muslims will forgo food and water during the day and instead opt to use their time for spiritual reflection, charity, and general acts of goodness. Fasting5k utilizes this spirit in creating a network of communities that walk for the cause of charitable giving. Since its inception in 2013, Fasting 5k has raised a whopping $225,000 for local charities. This year, this influence spans Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco Bay area, Toronto and Washington D.C. The Toronto event was recognized by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday. 
Given the tense political climate, supporting causes that strengthen community through civic engagement is more important than ever. Poligon will utilize the funds to deliver youth-specific Congressional advocacy workshops to engage their representatives on issues such as bullying and Islamophobia they face on a daily basis. In addition, Fasting5k will donate a portion of their earnings from each city to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) to support young women in their development into active citizens and community leaders.
Details: The event begins at 6:30 PM on Saturday, June 10th at the National Mall on 3rd St NW & Madison Dr NW National Mall, Washington, DC 20216

Contact for Fasting 5K: Farhaan Razi | Farhaanr@gmail.com | 617.922.8263
Contact for Poligon Education Fund: info@poligonnational.org | 713.587.6342
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