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A few words from Steve Sosebee, the President and CEO of the Palestine Children's Relief Fund on the REACH Gaza project

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

Dear friends,
Happy new year. I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know where Cycling4Gaza is at during this exciting time, what we have achieved in the past year, and where we are headed in 2014.
In 2013, Cycling4Gaza:
  • Identified a pioneering Gaza healthcare project run by the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF) and built a meaningful partnership with the PCRF
  • Raised over $215,000 for the PCRF’s REACH Gaza project
  • Organised and successfully completed its fifth cycling challenge through Germany with 39 people taking part, expanding its total number of people recruited and mobilised through cycling to 119
  • Reached thousands of people around the world through media coverage in various publications such as MBC, This Week in PalestineBarakabits, and Dubai Eye
Our  400km challenge from Hamburg to Berlin in September 2013 culminated at the gates to the Berlin Wall, with smiling faces and aching muscles. You can read more about the challenge from one of our cyclists, Rami Zughayar (scroll down).
The openness of Berlin, a city with a complex history, the lack of walls, barriers, obstacles, served as a bittersweet reminder of what can be achieved, and of what yet needs to be achieved in Palestine, where a graffiti-covered wall painfully similar to that of the former wall that stood in the heart of Berlin, still stands today.
A couple of the cyclists this year asked me "why Cycling4Gaza? Why not Cycling4Palestine?" Why Cycling4Gaza? 
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Rami Zughayer, our first Palestinian cyclist from the West Bank, talks about his experience on the Germany cycle

“I was super glad to know that Cycling4Gaza exists. It gave me happiness and hope, happiness for knowing that there are people out there supporting the cause, and hope for realizing that I can join the C4G team and be part of the support for my people.”
Congrats everybody, the C4G 2013 cycling challenge was an unforgettable event! Our progress matched the plan perfectly; every one of the brave cyclists travelled the distance of 350 - 410 km by bike, and we collected a total fundraising amount that has almost reached the target amount of $230,000!

It is my first time on a Cycling4Gaza challenge and it really feels so good to be part of an international team of about 40 enthusiastic caring friendly heroic cyclists who have flown from their countries to gather in Germany, participate in the cycling challenge, and take action in the support of Palestinian children. This blend of sport-and-cause charged us during the cycle with energy and good moods and made us go beyond our limits!

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A brief update on the REACH Gaza Project from Cycling4Gaza's Lead Organiser, Zara Hannoun
The REACH Gaza, Reaching Every Affected Child in Gaza, project was launched in October 2013 just after 39 cyclists completed the 5th annual cycling challenge that was held in Germany. Over 400 km were covered in an epic journey from Hamburg to Berlin, ending the cycle in front of the Brandenburg Tor, signifying the European example of unity and peace. The cycle helped raise $230,000 which was directly used to support the REACH Gaza project.

To date, 6 volunteer medical mission teams from all over the world have entered Gaza to preform surgeries on children in need of vital medical care. The surgeries performed ranged from paediatric cardiology to urology to orthopaedics. In total, 89 children have been taken care of and hundreds more will be cared for over the next few months. 

More detailed reports will be available shortly. Until then please visit our Facebook page and website for regular updates.  

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