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The ride, starting on the 27 August 2016, crossing 13 countries, covering 3,500km in less than 35 days, arriving at Jaffa Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem on 30 September 2016.
MAP is a humanitarian organisation working for the health and dignity of Palestinians living under occupation and as refugees. MAP provides lifesaving medical supplies, equipment, training and humanitarian aid to those most in need in Gaza, the West Bank and in Lebanon.
About Rahma, her transition into cycling from rowing
Growing up in Norwich and having a very normal upbringing
Setting her history and learning more about her family
Being brought up with Islam
In 2014 during the war in Gaza, she was sitting on her sofa watching the news and finally decided it was time for her to do something to raise awareness about the situation in Palestine/Israel.
Not doing anything for a year and not knowing how to start
In May 2015 visiting Shatila camp in Beirut where she learnt more about MAP and how it was founded following the massacres in Shatila and Sabra camps in 1982.
The “Key of Return” and what it means
Finding her belief and her reason why ”the belief in equal healthcare for ALL”
Being scared, and how the idea slowly evolved and all started to become real
Dealing with her fears and how her family and friends helped
Planning for her cycle!
Fitting in her training around work, doing back to back training and adding in sportive events to ensure she was on track
Sorting out tyres and becoming a tester!
Planning her route using Google earth & street view
How she didn’t plan mentally for the trip
Starting her adventure, from the bottom of her road
Having her mum with her for the start
Dealing with the hills & the cobbles!
Getting to Munich and being joined by her friends and enjoying the first few weeks
Saddle soreness and dealing with the pain
Doing exactly what she wants to do with her life
The descent into Athens!
Getting into Jerusalem and finishing the cycle
What she's learnt most about herself on this trip
The most challenging part of the trip and what she learned from this experience
Dealing with unwanted attention
Arriving back into the UK and trying to settle back into normal life
Her plans for the future!
Raising £22,000 for MAP - Learn more about MAP
Final words of advice and, “why you can’t fail if you try”
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