To my dear friends,

I am starting autumn with a bang. I intend to cycle from London to Brighton (63 miles and hilly!) on 24th October. The reasons are varied. They include increasing my muscle to fat ratio, whilst retaining my feminine form, visiting beautiful Brighton and cycling so fast that I can don my Lycra and win a cycling Gold for Lebanon in Rio 2016.
Most importantly, I am raising funds for an organisation very close to my heart, the Next Century Foundation, to which I have been a longstanding patron and an active trustee. The NCF strives to promote conflict resolution and reconciliation in the Middle East. It is run on a shoestring budget, relying on a small but dedicated team of interns and volunteers.
One of our most successful and high profile ventures is the International Media Awards, held annually in London. The awards honour those in the media that best cover the Middle East, exemplifying responsible journalism.

Today, I am looking for sponsorship for two of projects. Firstly, we want to host a series of meetings between the Bahraini government and the opposition in order to facilitate dialogue to help resolve the unrest. The second focuses on Gaza, where the NCF has long maintained good relations with all parties. We now intend to send three delegations to kick-start new talks aiming for inter-Palestinian reconciliation.
Small organisations such as ours that work behind closed doors, often do not receive much public exposure. However, we do make a difference and our efforts towards peace and reconciliation can only succeed with your support.

I am aiming to raise £24,000. Donations of any size would be appreciated, they can be public or anonymous, and can be made from anywhere in the world.
Enough said, to Brighton and beyond!!!

The ride:

I intend to leave from my house in South Kensington at 7am.  The distance from my house to the Palace Pier in Brighton is around 63miles (100Km) – according to Google Maps. The tricky question that everyone’s been asking me is “how long will it take?” The honest answer is “I don’t know”.  Estimates vary between 4 -9 hours, depending on experience. I’m aiming for seven.


London to Brighton is considered quite challenging, with four main hills on the route, How Lane, Church Hill, Turners Hill and finally Ditchling Beacon (or green monster) – with an elevation of 248m.


I will be riding a “decent” ridgeback flight 02, accompanied by a guide, and training mainly in Richmond Park. So far I have cycled 42 miles.  But Richmond is a very easy ride, so more work is needed.


The main challenge will be not getting lost.  We have printed directions, maps, iphone maps, and if all else fails, we can always ask for directions. 

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Raising money for

The Next Century Foundation

The Next Century Foundation

Charity Registration No. 328704

The Next Century Foundation promotes conflict resolution and reconciliation, principally in the Middle East. The Foundation creates forums for discussion, and brings together opposing sides in order to bring about peaceful resolution to conflict.

Raising money for

Run by The Next Century Foundation

Charity Registration No. 328704

Donations 110

Inspiring effort on all fronts. Congratulations.

Donation by Cynthia on 10/11/12

Donation by Ghazwa Abu-suud on 02/11/12


+ £75.00 Gift Aid

Good Luck. We hope that one day you will participate in the Beirut Marathon. Best regards from Beirut Marathon Association

Donation by President - May El Khalil on 02/11/12

Donation by Tania Bryer on 31/10/12


+ £62.50 Gift Aid

An amazing personal and fundraising success for your charity of choice. Missed a zero off previous donation!

Donation by Tricia x on 28/10/12


+ £45.00 Gift Aid

Congratulations! Terrific grand finale 'blow by blow' blog. Most importantly, good luck with your effort at resolving the conflict in the Middle East.

Donation by Merlin on 26/10/12


+ £625.00 Gift Aid


Donation by john hall on 26/10/12


+ £50.00 Gift Aid

Blessed are the Peacemakers, they shall be called the sons and daughters of God

Donation by Larry Wright on 26/10/12

Very well done. Fantastic

Donation by Alistair Graham on 26/10/12


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Dear Dalia, Bravo!! We are proud of you.

Donation by Love Driss and Heli Ben Brahim on 25/10/12


Donation by Jeffrey Lee on 25/10/12


you are mad and i'm full of admiration. cycle to venice next time. Much love also from Francesco

Donation by jane da mosto on 25/10/12


D what you did is/was fantastic. you must be very excited and feeling very young. i am jealous.

Donation by Basim Ziadeh on 24/10/12


Donation by Jonathan Gray on 24/10/12


Good luck tomorrow cuz. What an amazing figure you cut in lycra.

Donation by Mehreen Saigol on 23/10/12


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Dalia, you are amazing woman! Good luck tomorrow

Donation by your builder on 23/10/12


+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Looking good Girl :) So proud of you! All the best. Much love Riham xxx

Donation by Riham Serhan on 22/10/12


way to go dalia, you look like a champion already!

Donation by sawsan asfari on 22/10/12

We are in total admiration! Wishing you a safe and wonderful journey for a good cause. Your friends Ago and Tiqui

Donation by Tiqui Atencio Demirdjian on 22/10/12


Good luck, Dalia!

Donation by Margot Pfeiffer on 22/10/12


+ £25.00 Gift Aid

We are always proud of you and your ability to overcome any hurdle. Go for it Daloush! XXs Ghida and Hussein

Donation by H Damirji on 21/10/12

Bravo Dalia, and good luck on the day. Very impressive!

Donation by kirkland and patrick smulders on 21/10/12


+ £125.00 Gift Aid

I knew, once i'd seen you on the treadmill at university, that you had an inner athlete. This is her moment. Good luck lovely Dalia! Xx

Donation by Catherine Powell on 19/10/12


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Good luck Dalia. Lots of love. xxx

Donation by Emile Khoury on 19/10/12


Good luck Dalia, so proud of you. Much love.

Donation by Fares & Tania Fares on 19/10/12


Donation summary

  • * Online donations£36,860.00
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£36,860.00
  • Gift Aid£3,995.00

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