Are you already bored with that New Year’s resolution? Have you been taken hostage by the British weather? Or are you a lover of two-wheels? If the answer is 'yes' to any one of these, Al Madad Foundation wants to hear from you. The London-based charity launches its first sponsored charity challenge this year in aid of its innovative educational projects for internally displaced children in Syria
Cycle4Schooling hopes to raise vital funds for Al Madad’s bespoke outreach programmes designed to bring infrastructure and stability to Syrian children with a cycle event between London and Oxford - representing capitals of art and education that form the charity’s primary objectives. On 17th May 2014 the challenge will start at London’s Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens, heading westwards through the scenic boroughs of the Home Counties, before reaching its final destination at the world-famous Bodleian Library, Oxford.
Al Madad Foundation is looking for participants at any level and experience to sign on, saddle up and help support this very worthy cause. Funds raised from Cycle4Schooling will continue to be channelled into projects in Syria’s largest city, Aleppo where Al Madad has fostered successful relations with local grassroots organisations over the last year; implementing a unique model of development that works directly with the local community. Largely unreported, the ongoing Syrian conflict has resulted in the closure of over 4,000 schools across the country as well as thousands of trained teachers and professionals who are out of employment. Al Madad’s mission to re-establish a sustainable and self-reliant schooling system under the direction of qualified individuals to teach children for a wage, focuses on the balance of community and rebuilds the hopes for opportunity of otherwise lost generations. With two existing sites in Aleppo, Cycel4Schooling aims to respond to the growing demand on the ground for further long-term educational programmes to be introduced in order to reach more displaced children and their families.
Al Madad Foundation's schools programme in motion
I had the pleasure of working with Al Madad on its fundraising art exhibition, Recounting Palestine’s Stories: An Intervention in 2012 (Show & Tell, June 2012). Collaborating with a charity whose mandate is to generate serious change in the Middle East from the very frontline was a personally enriching experience and this is why I wish to share Cycle4Schooling with you all in the hope you will support this inaugural event aimed at helping the futures of so many. 

The challenge is a full day commitment with several pit stops scheduled en route as well as a four-wheel return to London from Oxford at the end of the day – for a full information pack including a training programme and guidelines visit Cycle4Schooling – any further enquiries may be directed to Rasha Barazi at 0207 408 7881 or contact@almadadfoundation.org

Enter Cycle4Schooling now or if you would like to sponsor a cyclist or support any other of Al Madad Foundation's projects visit almadadfoundation.org

Images courtesy of Al Madad Foundation