Boxing champion Amir Khan is leading a special aid convoy to help refugees in Greece.
The seven-van convoy, packed with donated food, clothes, hygiene items and sleeping bags, left on Tuesday (15) from Khan’s community gym in Bolton, a 2,000 mile journey to Athens.
Khan, founder of Amir Khan Foundation, teamed up with international aid charity Penny Appeal to bring aid to refugees, who are arriving on the shores of Greece with nothing more than the clothes they are wearing.
The convoy is due to reach Athens on Friday (18), where the two-time world champion and Olympic medalist will join volunteers to distribute the items by hand to those in need.
“It’s heartbreaking to see images of children losing their lives as their families flee from devastating conflict,” said Khan. “What’s even more disturbing is knowing that many more lives will be lost unless we provide urgent aid to these refugees who don’t have anyone to turn to.
“I’m just amazed at how many people came together to donate so much. It just shows how generous and kind the British public really are.”
After the distribution in Athens, Khan will travel with a group of volunteers to the island of Lesbos to deliver more items with the help of Penny Appeal, which the public have made financial contributions for, like food, tents and sleeping bags.
Adeem Younis, chairman at Penny Appeal, added: “Every day, refugees arrive on the shores of Europe after surviving a horrendous journey fleeing from violence and other unspeakable circumstances. The items we can provide will make a real difference, giving people hope as they take the first step on the path towards safer lives.
“We’re delighted to be working with Amir Khan and his Foundation on this life-saving project and call on people across the UK to get involved.”
Just £50 can provide food and shelter. People can donate at http://www.pennyappeal.org or call 03000 111111.