15.05.2014 / For immediate release
Pedal power all the way to Syria for Scottish cycle team
A 19 year old Student from Scotland is leading a group of British cyclists on a trip of a lifetime this weekend… all the way to Syria.
The gruelling 45 day ride has never been undertaken before.
The challenge is the idea of Hassan al-Husari, a Business Technology University student from Glasgow. Hassan was born in the Emirates to Syrian parents but has lived in the UK for most of his life - since he was four.
Hassan has been working with charities for many years, helping to raise more than £100,000, through fundraising dinners. Hassan also made the headlines when he organised Scotland's biggest Krispy Kreme sale for charity. But his trip to Syria is by far his most ambitious fund-raising idea to date. "I am really looking forward to it. Everyone in the team is," says Hassan. "The target is £250,000 but we hope to raise one million pounds along the way as people follow our progress and donate."
The team of ten has been training daily for the past three months in preparation for the trip. The aim is to raise enough money to provide hundreds of vulnerable orphans and widows with a safe ‘village’ on the Syria/Turkey border.
The oldest member of the team is television presenter and fundraiser, Na’eem Raza, 49. He’s accompanying the cyclists on the UK leg of their trip and hopes to join them at their destination.
"I've been to Syria five times so I know the need there," says Na'eem. "People are going through a lot, especially orphans and widows. We need people to come forward and support them. I've seen with my own eyes the difference building a village can make to the victims of the Syrian conflict. Being able to get an education and having a safe place to live really makes a difference."
Na’eem is also head fundraiser for the Manchester based charity Human Appeal. "Human Appeal has done so much good work in Syria and you can donate to the Cycle To Syria trip on the website - humanappeal.org.uk"
"The orphans and widows urgently need somewhere safe to live. This village will provide them with secure surroundings; clean water, corrugated shelter, a school, a medical centre, a kitchen and a mosque."
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