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Charity bike ride to support UNICEF and assist Yemen

By Iram

I would like to share my achievement of achieving the pledge of £1000 which I made with my friend in September. We decided to do a 15k bike ride around a local park and get family and friends and the community to support us in reaching this target. 

Currently, a brutal civil war has been raging in Yemen which has claimed more than 16,000 lives and has left 13 million people on the brink of starvation. Since the conflict escalated in March 2015, the country has become a living hell for the country’s children. They are being killed and maimed in the conflict, while the damage and closure of schools and hospitals have disrupted access to education and health services, leaving children even more vulnerable and robbing them of their futures.

As privilege students living in the UK, we can sometimes take things for granted, particularly when it comes to food. Hopefully, the money that we have raised will be used towards making food packages for families who are facing starvation, loss, pain and continued agony. We believe that we all have a responsibility to look after our fellow citizens irrespective of nation or race and help each other during difficult times. We are one community in one world which is our world!

With the COVID-19 pandemic spreading like wildfire, the livelihood of so many families is being significantly impacted with premature deaths and many bereaved families left in endless pain. Our act of humility has been a small token of gesture to raise awareness of the destruction happening in Yemen and how we could collectively help and support those families through our charity work and make a real difference to the lives of so many.

We raised our profile on JustGiving page and sent the link to our family and friends who sponsored us to do a 15 km cycle ride in our local park. We have been surprised by the support of so many people including friends from EHS and completed our bike ride during the October half-term. With the generosity of so many supporters, we reached our target of £1000 in a short time.

I wanted to share this experience as charity work can enable us to make a positive impact on the lives of others who are underprivileged and facing hardship and challenges as in Yemen. To me achieving the target has been a personal accomplishment and I hope we can collectively continue to share in acts of humility with each other and make the world a better and a safer place.

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