The Big Ride 2015
510 miles from Dundee to London by bike
I cycled with Bill Wilson to raise money for Nablus - but also to have a good long cycle with like-minded people. It was great. Mostly good weather, lots of new experiences and lots of new friends.
Our generous donors have given more than £2,100 for Nablus. The other riders raised over £63,000 for Gaza. A practical and supportive achievement for Palestine. We are very grateful.
And finally ...
... a short (35 secs) video.
Links to other pages and videos
Great video of Edinburgh send off! (Jonathan Pullman 6:46 mins)
Cycling through London (James Larkin 3:10 mins)
Video of the ride by Healthy stoner (3:01 mins)
Welcome to London (James Larkin 19:58 mins)
Most of the cyclists were raising money for MECA (Middle East Children's Alliance). So far they have raised over £63,000 - an amazing total! Dr Mona El-Farra, Director of Gaza Projects, wrote a blog about the Big Ride. She came to send us off from Edinburgh and later welcomed us to London. We were grateful to her for her support.
Thanks to our supporters
Bill and Mike are both grateful to our many supporters. We kept in mind your generosity when the hills became steep and the legs felt tired.
The people of Nablus will also be grateful because FONSA will be better placed to help with current projects.
Donating - it's not too late!
Bill and I raised money for FONSA (Friends of Nablus and Surrounding Areas) which is a registered Scottish charity.
It supports many projects and activities in and around Nablus. Helping students with university and college fees has been a long-standing aim. Recently FONSA has responded to a request to help train nurses and midwives to staff the new teaching hospital recently built in Nablus.
FONSA has planted over 5,000 olive trees to help farmers and communities find long-term incomes. The trees also help to ensure that the land is cultivated because otherwise it risks being confiscated by settlers.
See more at www.fonsa.org.uk
The Big Ride
Bill and I would like to thank The Big Ride organisers and all those volunteers and supporters who made the ride possible.
Dermot MacWard of Red Spokes was the driving force and made it all possible. So especial thanks to him and to Lynette.
Many people expressed support for the ride including Maxine Peake:
Hopefully this terrific event will go some way to forcing our government to wake up and take responsibility.
I wish all the participants a fun packed ride and may your bum be not so numb."