Tuesday, 10 November 2015 10:18

Medical Aid for Palestinians

By: Richard Gray By: Richard Gray

British cyclists take part in Siraj Cycle Ride across the West Bank to raise money for Palestinian medical projects

An intrepid group of British cyclists recently completed a five-day, 200km cycling challenge with Siraj Centre in support of UK charity Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP).

The cyclists’ route took them from Nablus to Qalqilya, Ramallah, Bethlehem, through the divided city of Hebron and onto historic East Jerusalem. On the way, they passed the Separation Wall, and visited MAP’s mobile clinic serving the threatened Bedouin communities of the Jordan Valley.

The diverse group, many of them visiting Palestine for the first time, included several doctors and a 72-year old retiree. Despite the gruelling physical challenge they have undertaken, some of the cyclists have vowed to embark on another ride in future.

Chris Taylor, one of the cyclists, said: “Doing this ride with MAP we raised a lot of money and awareness, but we also received a lot back as well. We came back fitter and with a compassion to help other people - something that maybe has got lost along the way with the structure of working life back here in the UK.”

Tain Joliffe, another of the cyclists, said: “I feel privileged to have been part of this challenge. It has inspired me to fight even harder for Palestine and its people.”

Medical Aid for Palestinians

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