Norwich woman to cycle across the West Bank in aid of Palestinian medical projects
PUBLISHED: 17:35 18 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:35 18 March 2018
A woman from Norwich is preparing to cycle across the occupied West Bank to raise money for Palestinian medical projects.
Billie-Louise Waymouth, 44, is one of 29 British cyclists who will embark on the six-day, 260km cycling challenge.
The endeavour is in aid of Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) and health practitioner Ms Waymouth is “determined to make a positive difference”.
She said: “I have previously cycled the ‘Norwich 50’ raising money for MAP, but I decided I wanted to do more.
“I have been training hard cycling every weekend. My partner and child have been very supportive.
“I want to feel I have the power to bring change and I believe access to healthcare is a right not a privilege. It will be tough, but I am determined to make a positive difference.
“I know the money raised will be put to good use, as MAP have been delivering healthcare in the region for 30 years.”
MAP’s projects deliver health and medical care to those worst affected by conflict, occupation and displacement.
The cycling challenge comes as political tensions continue across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and the humanitarian crisis deepens in Gaza.
On Friday, a Palestinian man drove his car into a group of Israelis troops, killing an officer and a soldier.
The incident arose amid a day of action, as Hamas called for a day of protests to mark 100 days since president of the United States, Donald Trump, recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Tina Bajec, MAP director of fundraising, said: “The money these cyclists are working so hard to raise will help us make a vital difference to the lives of some of the region’s most vulnerable people.”
The cyclists’ route will take them from Jenin across the Palestine hills to Jericho, down to the divided city of Hebron and ending in historic East Jerusalem.
On the way, cyclists will pass the Separation Wall, swim in the Dead Sea, trek across the Jerusalem desert and visit MAP’s mobile health clinic, which serves the threatened Bedouin communities of the Jordan Valley.
To donate to Ms Waymouth’s cycle, visit her Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/billiewaymouth.