The Big Ride 2017/MECA

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Cycling & Sports for Palestinian Children in Gaza

Successive Israeli attacks on Gaza have traumatized children and caused psychological problems. Physical activity improves mental and physical health. The Big Ride is teaming up with MECA to raise funds for a new sports program in Gaza schools.

What is the problem the project is addressing?

Successive Israeli military assaults have killed thousands and left the entire population traumatized. The UN estimates 300,000 children in Gaza show signs of severe psychological distress including bed-wetting, nightmares, aggression, and difficulty eating, sleeping or speaking. Gaza is one of the most densely populated places in the world and there are few places for children to play, especially in the refugee camps. Social restrictions further impede girls' access to outdoor sports.

How will this project solve the problem?

MECA will use your donations to offer children in Gaza's refugee camps a chance to learn and practice different sports. Young women and men will teach volleyball, football, running, cycling and more to 600 children at UN schools in the refugee camps. The school yards are among the safest places in Gaza and will bring activities to the children so they don't have to leave their neighbourhoods. We will also organize open sports days for families to involve the parents and siblings in the project.

What is the potential long-term impact of this project?

Studies show that physical activity reduces mental health problems. This project will contribute to psychosocial efforts to help children in Gaza to heal and make them more resilient against the risks of severe anxiety, depression, aggression and withdrawal. The project is particularly vital for girls who rarely have the chance to learn and practice sports. This is just the pilot phase and we plan to expand the project to more locations in the future.

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Raised: 98%
 

Team target: £30,770.00

Raised so far: £30,075.22

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1) The Big Ride 2017/ MECA

The Big Ride / MECA Sports for Palestinian Children in Gaza

196 donations

354%

£10,636.14

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Anthony Collins

Anthony's The Big Ride 2017/MECA page

4 donations

72%

£340.00

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Bari Khan

Bari's The Big Ride 2017/MECA page

16 donations

72%

£546.00

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Chandni Chopra

Chandni's The Big Ride 2017/MECA

16 donations

37%

£372.84

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Chris Roberts

Paulette Clunie & Chris Roberts's page for The Big Ride 2016 /MECA

21 donations

124%

£620.00

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Clive Swan

Clive's The Big Ride 2016/MECA

5 donations

60%

£90.00

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Daniel Rodger

Daniel's The Big Ride / 2016 MECA page

6 donations

80%

£80.00

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Ellen Logan

Ellen does The Big Ride 2017

15 donations

140%

£350.00

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Elsa Perez

Nat's The Big Ride 2016/MECA

21 donations

100%

£500.00

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Hannah Murray

Alfie, Jake and Hannah, The Big Ride

43 donations

252%

£1,515.00

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Harald Molgaard

Harald's The Big Ride 2016/MECA

11 donations

211%

£422.85

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Hilary Williams

Hilary's The Big Ride 2016/MECA

14 donations

297%

£595.00

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Ian Pierce-hayes

Ian's The Big Ride 2016/MECA

6 donations

106%

£160.00

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Jamie Dalton

Jamie's The Big Ride 2016/MECA

15 donations

132%

£265.00

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Jane Marshall

Jane & Charlie's Big Ride for Palestine/Gaza Sports 2017

9 donations

50%

£505.00

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John Budis

John Budis' The Big Ride 2016/MECA

4 donations

29%

£74.17

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John Goss

John's The Big Ride 2016/MECA

19 donations

180%

£450.00

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john thorne

john's The Big Ride 2016/MECA

3 donations

17%

£60.00

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Jonathan Coulter

Jonathan's The Big Ride 2017/MECA

22 donations

89%

£580.00

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Kamran Hussain

Kamran's The Big Rdie 2017/MECA

7 donations

30%

£180.00

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karen lowe

karen's The big ride 2016/Meca

10 donations

145%

£145.00

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Keri-lynne Krastev

Keri-Lynne, Trisa and Dayl 's -The Big Ride/ 2017/MECA

13 donations

123%

£370.00

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Lynn McAllister

Lynn's The Big Ride 2016/MECA

29 donations

0%

£485.49

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Maggie Norman

Maggie's The Big Ride/MECA

7 donations

116%

£175.00

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Mariella Mureddu

Mariella's The Big Ride 2017/MECA.

11 donations

111%

£223.61

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Marsh Vicky

The Marsh Cassidys' Big Ride Page

7 donations

106%

£160.00

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Michael David Eggboro

Mike & Ann's The Big Ride 2017 /MECA

24 donations

141%

£705.00

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Michael Scott

Michael's - The Big Ride 2017/ MECA page

18 donations

164%

£410.00

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Michele Abendstern

Michele's the Big Ride 2016/MECA

39 donations

226%

£1,134.55

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Mike Barton

Mike 's The Big Ride/MECA

14 donations

68%

£204.82

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Naeem Malik

Naeem's Personal Cycle

25 donations

260%

£912.00

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Natasha Ferguson

Tash takes on The Big Ride for Palestine

51 donations

121%

£786.83

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Owen Cooper

Owen's THE BIG RIDE 2017/MECA

22 donations

206%

£1,032.07

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Paul Clyndes

Paul's The Big Ride 2016/MECA

25 donations

197%

£690.00

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Paula Chammings

paula's The Big Ride 2016/MECA

33 donations

142%

£856.00

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Saiful Ismail

Saiful's & Badrul's Big Ride 2017/MECA

14 donations

111%

£390.00

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sarah brookes

Sarah's The Big Ride 2016

19 donations

66%

£532.00

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Sarah Zerda-Webb

Sarah's Big Ride 2016/MECA

14 donations

104%

£260.00

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Simon James

Claire and Simon's The Big Ride 2016 page

11 donations

60%

£181.85

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sue clarke

Roz & Sue's The Big Ride 2017/MECA

17 donations

166%

£415.00

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talib shah

talib's The Big Ride 2016/MECA

13 donations

510%

£1,021.00

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Trevor Challenger

Trevor's The Big Ride 2017/MECA

43 donations

91%

£643.00

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