A group of cyclists from Sydney rode into Canberra on a sunny Sunday morning on 2 April aiming to raise awareness and funds towards aiding those in disaster-struck regions of the world.
Organised by the Sydney Muslim Cyclists club (SMC) and sponsored by Human Appeal International Australia, they had started out early on the morning before from Apex Reserve Bradbury Campbeltown for the 145km ride to Goulburn where they stayed overnight before riding the remaining 90km to Parliament House.
The group then cycled to the Canberra Mosque in Yarralumla where they prayed, showered and changed before heading back to Sydney by bus.
Human Appeal has sponsored SMC for the next 2 years to assist them in running these type of activities and initiatives. They also played a major role in the ride, providing escort to the riders, assisting with flat tyres, allowing struggling riders to rest and other assistance throughout the trip.
On reaching the mosque the club president, Omar El Eter, explained the reasons for the ride.
“We need to raise money for our brothers and sisters in Burma, Syria and Palestine. Our aim is to raise $10,000,” he said.
“There are a lot of displaced people out there. What they go through is much, much worse than what went through these last two days. We are hoping that through our efforts we can raise money for relief for them inshaAllah,” he said.
“It took us eight weeks of training and it paid off and every one of us made it to here.”
By the end of the ride the group had already raised half of the target.
“We still have 30 days before we send off the money to them, inshaAllah,” Omar pointed out.
To donate go to the SMC (www.smcclub.com.au) or the Human Appeal (www.humanappeal.org.au) websites.