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Cycling4Gaza 10 Years Cycling

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On October 3rd, cyclists from all over the world will come together for four days to cycle 400km from Boston to NYC in an effort to raise awareness and nearly £200,000, in funds that will go directly to Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), a reputable humanitarian charity operating in the Gaza Strip. Women’s Empowerment, Community Rehabilitation targeting disabilities among children and adults, and Mental Health support are the three main projects of the fundraising cycle.

Our continued support is critical at this time as UNRWA faces severe funding cuts. The US withdrawal of life saving funds has resulted in the loss of 30% ($300million) of UNRWA’s annual budget used to support the civil services, healthcare and education in the West Bank and Gaza. Today, UNRWA educates 500,689 children, feeds more than 1 million refugees and operates 143 primary health facilities with over 9 million patient visits; all of which are now in jeopardy. Our continued actions and support are vital for education, healthcare and capacity building projects in Gaza.

Each area of action is developed to provide the tools and systems needed to sustainably drive change in the Gaza Strip, an area that continues to suffer from lack of resources and basic human rights.  The women's empowerment project aims to provide 1,890 women with one to one counselling sessions; the community rehabilitation project will allow 200 Palestinians with disabilities to attend 2 training workshops focused on capacity building, communication skills and self-confidence; and the mental health support program will engage 300 active members of the Gaza community in an attempt to build up the existing system.

Cycling4Gaza celebrates its 10th year in 2018, an annual fundraising cycle that in total has cycled over 3,000km in ten countries: United Kingdom, France, Italy, Jordan, Turkey, Germany, United States, Netherlands, Norway, and Spain. Since its inception Cycling4Gaza has raised over £1.5 million for vital and sustainable healthcare and education projects in Gaza. These projects have impacted the lives of over 14,000 children and 8,000 families and community members in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon’s Palestinian refugee camps. The backbone of the initiative has been a group of volunteers dedicated to raise awareness about the ongoing blockade on the Gaza Strip and resources in the promotion of human rights

“I have always believed that individuals that can make a difference should... After visiting the Gaza Strip in March, those words could not have meant more. The people living in Gaza, despite their dire circumstances and limited access to all basic human needs, simply give; they give love and support to their families, they give care and aid to their friends and neighbors and they give their lives for their freedom. How can we not do more?” said Zara Hannoun, the head of Cycling4Gaza. “Joining the C4G committee made me realize my enthusiasm and dedication towards working for a cause, that I define success by putting a smile on a child’s face, and gave me a sense of accomplishment from bringing people together to make a difference. C4G continuously engages increasing numbers of people to support an important humanitarian cause and the best part is - it provides children and adults in Gaza with some tools and essentials to a better quality of life. Moved and inspired by the impact that this initiative has on everyone involved, C4G has pushed me to pursue a career that has a social impact. I feel both proud and honored to be a part of this initiative!” affirmed Dina Dajani, who has been at the core of the initiative for the last three years.

We thank you for all the support you have provided over the years. You can follow our progress over the next few days and while we are cycling on all our social media sites.

Thank you for all you do to make this happen year after year.
 
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Join us to the finish line at Washington Square on the 7th of October 2018 at 15:00

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Come and cycle the last stretch entering into New York:

Meeting point - Holiday Inn Express Stony Brook 8:00 7th October
3131 Nesconset HWY, Centereach, New York, 11720

90km from the Finish Line

 

Thanks to all your efforts we have now raised about 50% of our $200,000 target!

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