David Woodhead and Elia Abdo are lifelong friends, both born and raised in Nazareth. After his school years David moved to Scotland, but the two have remained friends and this month will ride together from London to Paris.
After much training they set off to ride 125 km a day for 4 consecutive days, before they left we asked them what had been their motivation to sign up to this challenge?
They decided to ride in response to the crisis in Syria, a humanitarian disaster, to help Palestinians refugee displaced and without citizenship or access to health insurance. With the bombardments in Gaza from July, they felt even more deeply the need to help.
They told us that they wanted to do something for Medical Aid for Palestinians because Dr Runa Mackay, their paediatrician when growing up in Nazareth is an inspiration to them. Dr Runa Mackay is a humanitarian and advocate of active nonviolence. In the height of the Lebanon civil war she ran at Medical Aid for Palestinians mobile clinic in the Palestinian refugee camps.
Both riders work in the medical world and they appreciate the holistic approach Medical Aid for Palestinians takes, focusing on the humanitarian medical needs and is a respected voice.
Elia Abdo and David Woodhead have raised an amazing £10,000 in sponsorship so far.