'Jewish Joe Wicks' is completing 212-mile London to Manchester walk in support of Holocaust remembrance

Yoel Levy, 23, says the fundraising challenge is 'a meaningful way to show support for the victims'


The “Jewish Joe Wicks” has been walking to London from his native Manchester to raise funds for Shoah education during the week of Holocaust Memorial Day.

Yoel Levy took on the 212-mile challenge to “honour the memory of those who suffered during the Holocaust.”

The route has taken the 23-year-old from Hale Barns in Greater Manchester to North London and he told the JC: “I want to push my mind and body and it’s a meaningful way to show support for the victims and the importance of remembering.

“In addition to raising awareness about Holocaust Memorial Day, I am fundraising for the Yad Vashem UK Foundation, an amazing charity that works to preserve the memory of the Holocaust and explain it to future generations.”

Mr Levy – known on social media as The Jewish Fitness Coach – has been posting daily videos of Holocaust victims. “As an athlete myself, I’ve chosen to focus on the stories of victims who were also sportspeople. 

“The goal is not only to educate but to inspire people to take action in their own communities to promote understanding and respect for all people.”

His fundraising target is £2,000.

Mr Levy attended Manchester’s King David High and says his school experiences have influenced his decision to use social media to educate about the Holocaust.

“Being dyslexic, I struggled to take in a lot of information about the Holocaust in school so I was keen to help more people understand it.

“With the age of short-form video content on TikTok and Instagram, I thought it would be a good way to inform younger audiences about the lessons of the Holocaust in a different way to how it’s usually done in school.”

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