Skateboarding for young refugees in Athens

A Cambridge Journal, Wednesday 15 February 2017

Tonight in Hot Numbers coffee bar in Gwydir Street there was an event to raise awareness, money and equipment for a project to teach skateboarding to young refugees in Athens. It included a short film about refugees and live music.

Today Ruby and Will had cycled from Bury St Edmonds to Cambridge, as part of a "Ride for Refugees" that started in Norwich and will end in Brighton. After that they will take a van loaded with skate boarding equipment to Athens and teach skateboarding. They met volunteering on a project in Jerusalem.

Their leaflet says that there are 25,000 refugees in Athens and "Free Movement Skateboarding works alongside Help Refugees to help improve quality of life for the young refugee population in their long wait for asylum". Both Ruby and Will emphasised the inclusive nature of skateboarding.

I was also told that there is an area of Athens called Exarcheia (Εξάρχεια) which is controlled by anarchists and where the police do not go. Living there is especially appreciated by refugees.