‘Cycling4Gaza’ pedals into its fourth year

Updated 12 October 2012
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‘Cycling4Gaza’ pedals into its fourth year

An international team of 35 members will cycle 350 kilometers on Oct. 24 around the Sea of Marmara in Turkey to raise £ 200,000 toward health and educational projects for Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon.
“Cycling4Gaza” is a humanitarian initiative which began in the wake of the 2009 war on Gaza by a group of young people based in London to mobilize people yearly from all parts of the world for a cycling challenge, with the goal of reaching the Gaza Strip.
Over the past three years, participating members have cycled across the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Jordan to create awareness about the ongoing blockade on the Gaza Strip, and raise critical funds for NGOs that work to support refugees living under occupation to help build a self-reliant and healthy Palestinian community.
Funds generated by the sporting challenge have benefited select charities like Welfare Association and MAP (Medical Aid for Palestinians) which provide primary trauma care, and maternal and child health care through training programs for the medical team and other members of the community.
Last year, the team cycled across Aqaba to the Dead Sea, Jordan, successfully raising over £ 220,000 that supported the National Society for Rehabilitation based in Khan Younis and Rafah, Al Wefaq Relief and Development Society, Society for the Care of the Handicapped in Gaza, and Nour Marifa.
The donations have also supported health organizations in the treatment of injured, disabled and special needs children; provision of sight and hearing aids; psychiatric and psychosocial support; and special education and training programs.
“This is the fourth time ‘Cycling4Gaza’ is taking place; it will be my second time however,” said Rawan Yaqub who will be participating from Saudi Arabia.
“Last year was an eye opener since we had a rider from Palestine who spoke to us about his personal experience in Gaza. We got to hear stories first hand. The team was great and their spirit was amazing. We learned to work together in harmony, and of course being part of the team raised our awareness on Gaza and their everyday suffering”, she added.
For more details on Cycling4Gaza’s 2012 challenge, visit: www.cycling4gaza.com


Snakes in office force Liberia’s president to work from home

Updated 19 April 2019
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Snakes in office force Liberia’s president to work from home

  • President George Weah was told to stay away until the Foreign Affairs building can be fumigated
  • Black snakes were seen this week briefly emerging from a hole in a wall of the building’s reception area

MONROVIA, Liberia: A spokesman says Liberia’s president is working from home after two snakes were found in the building that contains his office.
Deputy press secretary Smith Toby tells The Associated Press that former international soccer star and President George Weah was told to stay away until the Foreign Affairs building can be fumigated. He is expected back in the office on Monday.

Weah was a superstar on the pitch in the mid-1990s, particularly during his spell in Italy with AC Milan. (Getty Images)

The black snakes were seen this week briefly emerging from a hole in a wall of the building’s reception area. Liberia is home to poisonous snakes and officials are not taking chances.
The deputy press secretary says the fumigation has begun to take care of “crawling and creeping things.”
Weah, who was FIFA’s 1995 player of the year, assumed the presidency in January 2018.