As we run for second chances, let us not forget the many offenders who are still behind the walls. For many of them, these walls are not just made up of bricks and stone, but they symbolise their personal challenges, fears and anxiety for their future. And yet, like all of us, they too have hopes, dreams and aspirations.
This year, many of them have shared their hopes and aspirations with you through these heartfelt letters. To ensure that their voices are retained and expressed in the most authentic manner, no editorial changes were made to the letters.Your words of encouragement can help to break down the walls they face. Send in your replies now!
Hi there! I hope you'll remember the days, both the hard and inspiring ones in prison. Let those be your pillar of support to never turn back, never go back on to the path that you've suffered along. Get back on to life with the rest of us! Things may not be all rosy, but believe in yourself and never give up. We'll never give up on you unless you give up on yourself. Wishing you all the best in your life & may it be brightly lit with lots of guidance and happiness.Response from Runner
Thank you for the opportunity given to me to participating in Letters from Behind the Wall. It was a great chance for me to express my feelings and share my dreams with the community. I am also truly grateful and really appreciate the replies and support that was given to me. I hope that all of you will continue to give us the moral support that we need to head to our better future!Response from Offender
Life is full of unpredictability, ups and down. At some of point of time, you will face temptations. Be strong. Always think about your loved ones. They will be in your heart always to give you support. You also have our support to rewrite your own story.Response from Runner
I would like to thank the Yellow Ribbon Project and Run event for helping me through my journey here. This initiative really helped me in a lot of ways!Response from Offender
Hello, you probably feel overwhelmed having to deal with your difficult situations alone. But I and many other people, even if we don’t know you, believe that you will be able to piece your life back together and overcome adversities. Personally, I think that sometimes life has a way of teaching us certain values, and I believe that whatever happens, whatever setbacks we go through, the experience exists to teach us a lesson. And we can go on to share these meaningful experiences with other people! It will definitely be tough when you’re first adapting and accepting changes, but with time, your wounds will heal, and things will get better. Take one step at a time and remind yourself where you came from. That is what will keep you rooted strong. I believe you can do it!Response from Runner