Cycling4Gaza in 2013
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Launch of our fifth cycling challenge

A word from Cycling4Gaza co-founder, Tamara Ben-Halim

Dear friends,
This time four years ago, four friends in London were frantically recruiting cyclists, organising fundraising events, training on their bikes, and embarking on guerrilla poster-hanging operations around the city. Our mission was to promote an international cycle in support of emergency healthcare work in the Gaza Strip following the 2008-2009 military offensive.  Within weeks, our modest effort had evolved into a 27-strong team of people from all over the world coming together in support of Gaza’s population. Over 3 days in July 2009, we cycled 320km from London to Paris and collectively raised over £90,000 for MAP UK’s healthcare projects in the region.
It quickly dawned on us that we could not stop our efforts there. Four years on, thanks to the incredible support we have received from you, our supporters, Cycling4Gaza has:

  • Raised over £500,000 for healthcare and educational projects in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon’s Palestinian refugee camps
  • Touched the lives of 8,000 children through the work of our charity partners in education, children’s and maternal health, mental health and psychosocial work
  • Made a positive difference to over 3,000 family members and individuals in the community
  • Mobilised over 90 cyclists... [Read more]

A message from our charity partner: the PCRF

Steve Sosebee, founder of the Palestine Children's Relief Fund (PCRF), talks about the REACH Gaza project:

We are honored to partner with Cycling4Gaza and the many dedicated volunteers from all over the world who support their great deeds. This partnership will enable us to focus on addressing the terrible human crisis facing children in the besieged Gaza Strip.  Our goal in the REACH (Reaching Every Affected Child in Gaza) project is to identify every sick and injured child in Gaza in need of specialized medical care, and to provide them with the surgery that they need[Read more]

Our impact over four years

Since 2009, Cycling4Gaza has positively impacted the lives of 5,000 children and 3,000 family members and individuals in the community through projects working in maternal and children’s health, mental and physical disability, psychological care and children’s education.

In 2009, we supported three emergency medical relief projects with MAP UK in response to the 2008-2009 military offensive on Gaza:

•  The Emergency Maternal and New-born Healthcare project ensured the safety of mothers and babies through creating an integrated emergency procedure and building the capacity and skills of the staff.

•  The Specialist Burns Care training project trained staff to respond to emergency cases and upgraded the ground facilities for the project to function more effectively.

•  The Train the Trainers in Primary Care project provided members of the community with skills and knowledge that allowed them to act as effective first responders to give critical first aid intervention within the golden hour of patient injury.

In 2010, in response to the limited care available for children with disabilities, we supported Early Childhood Development in Gaza through the Welfare Association:

•  The School-based Counselling program established an effective support system for 632 children suffering from trauma by setting up counselling units in schools and organising summer camps. The project trained 66 counsellors and provided awareness-raising sessions for over 400 parents and teachers.

•  The Home-based Early Intervention Outreach project for deaf children successfully conducted 5,780 education and psychological sessions for 53 children and 265 family members. 85% of the children showed significant improvement in communication, cognitive abilities and speech acquisition levels at the end of the project. [Read more]

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Sign up for the 2013 cycling challenge!

18-21 September 2013
Hamburg to Berlin

Download the registration pack for full details on the route, how to sign up, and where your fundraising will go.

The deadline to sign up is the 30th June.


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