31 July 2009

Pathways to Palestine~Slí Phalaistín UPDATE

Progress report they are arriving in Israel on Tuesday next. Pathways to Palestine / Slí Phalaistín who are a team of Irish cyclists that aim to cycle 4000 miles to Gaza raising funds for medical aid and public awareness of the two year seige affecting the civilian population trapped there. It is anticipated that the journey will take approximately 40 days and the cyclists can be tracked live via GPS on this website. All monies will go directly to Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) a charity set up by healthcare professionals with operations that continue during the ongoing blockade of Gaza. Please support us and the work of MAP by visiting our online donation page HERE C'mon you Irish, dig deep and donate, go on, you know you want to:) Up the Irish!! More below:
A SHEFFIELD student is travelling 6,000km across the world as one of the support crew for a team a cyclists raising money for medical aid in Palestine.

Tom Watts is a member of the back-up team for four cyclists completing the Pathways to Palestine trip – a cycle trek that's double the distance of the Tour de France – to Gaza in aid of the Medical Aid Palestines Charity.

The 21-year-old psychology student has followed the group every step of their journey through France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and finally Israel, where they are expected to arrive on Tuesday.

There are no guarantees that they will make it into Gaza – but, if successful, Tom's vehicle will then be donated to a rehabilitation hospital which was partially destroyed by Israel in the January offensive

All money raised will go to the charity, which is working to provide neo-natal care and medical resources for burns victims.

Tom said: "Even as we prepare to reach Gaza we will continue in our efforts to raise money for our charity, Medical Aid Palestines, via our website www.pathwaystopalestine.com.

"All monies raised online go directly to their operations on the ground."