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2010 Projects

Zara Hannoun —  April 7, 2013

In 2010, Cycling4Gaza’s Pisa to Rome cycle raised £140,000 to implement three projects focused on early childhood development in Gaza. 27 cyclists covered 400km over 4 days, with each kilometre contributing to the progress of these educational projects supported by the Welfare Association:

  1. A School-Based Counselling Programme For Young Children In Gaza, Gaza Community Mental Health Programme –  £33,960
  2. Establishing an Outreach Home-based Early Intervention Programme for Deaf Children (0-5 years of age), Atfaluna – £31,535
  3. Support for Early Childhood Development, Kanafani Kindergartens- £71,765


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All Roads Lead to Rome

tamara —  October 3, 2010

Pisa to Rome challenge – Day 4

Our final day. Up at 7am and ready for our toughest day of cycling. Quick power breakfast and a group gathering, in which dearest Helmut assured us it would be smooth sailing with just a bit of uphill for the first 30k. “As always” (as he is so fond of saying), he lied. “Just a bit of uphill” loosely translated from german into hardcore mountainous roads. With no chance of a warm up, we immediately hit the uphills out of Tarquinia. We kept at it with just a 5 min break every 20km, all too aware of the great distance we had to cover to reach Rome by dusk. While on a particularly harsh uphill, one of our cyclists’ old injury was awakened, as his back suddenly gave in. Despite many attempts to coax him into the support van, his determination (and Palestinian stubbornness!) could not be fought down as he walked his bike round the bend and attempted to get back on. Continue Reading…

Highway Hell

tamara —  October 1, 2010

Pisa to Rome challenge – Day 3

(above – pointing towards Rome)

Day 3 in the Cycling4Gaza household. An extra half hour of sleep last night allowed us to recharge our batteries properly. Off we were again and within an hour we were clawing our way up a 200m climb to make our way towards the next rest stop. After some more rolling hills and a hugely satisfying zippy downhill to lunch, Helmut informed us of a change of plan in the route as the roads ahead were too dangerous for us to cycle on. Continue Reading…

The Hills Are Alive

tamara —  September 30, 2010

Pisa to Rome challenge – Day 2

…with the sound of suffering. Today was relentless. We were up as the sun was rising, and ready to go by 8.30am. 60 km lay ahead us before lunchtime. We set off easily enough, and reached our first two rest stops without too many problems, and only a few small hills in our way. After our second break though, we had a 25 km stretch ahead of us, and looming in the distance was a monster of a hill. Slowly but surely, one by one we managed to push ourselves up to the top and a few kilometres ahead for some lunch. Continue Reading…

Leaving Pisa

tamara —  September 29, 2010

Pisa to Rome challenge – Day 1

Woke up this morning at 7 am bleary eyes but ready to go. After getting our gear together, adjusting our seat heights, finding misplaced front wheels, doing a headcount, getting our map routes and an apple, we finally made it to the starting point- the leaning tower of Pisa! We managed to get everyone together for a photo only to be threatened to be kicked out of the piazza by the Italian police, who were evidently scared to tears upon seeing this foreign invasion of cyclists. Finally, we were off and headed southward out of the city. We had 60k to go until lunch, and were progressing happily until the second break. One of the cyclists, Amir, whose bike went missing in London had been behind us, having stopped at a bike shop outside Pisa. Amir insisted on cycling alone to Pisa and back to catch up with us, as he had been unhappy at not having started where he was supposed to. An ambitious target – 100k in just 2 hrs – but he did it! We continued on through busy main roads, dodging trucks and lorries aplenty until we finally reached the quiet country roads. On we went, motivated by the ever-nearing lunch break, and we took on the looming hill ahed of us to stop for some well-deserved carbs. After filling our bellies, we continued on, powering through the next 40 kilometres with no break. The final 20k stretch was a tough one, as the muscles were seriously burning by now and the straight road ahead of us seemed to go on forever. Then all of a sudden, as we slowly made our way over the last hill, there it was, the sea laying in its glory, waiting for our arrival. We sped ahead and as we arrived outside the hotel, first one into the sea was our token scotsman Tabrez, who managed to get stung by a jellyfish (!) of all things. After no offers of a urinary donation to his sting, a couple of us escorted him to the nearest pharmacy for a supply of ammonia. Finally, it was time to rest, as we sat by the sea and drank in the sunset. We’ve now had a three hour long dinner and, after much anticipation and talk over next year’s cycle, are ready for some serious rest. Good night everyone, til tomorrow!