03 July 2017

Petra to Nazareth 2017

Bike of the desert...
OK, this time we're taking bikes. When I was a young medical student in 1993 I spent an unforgettable and formative two months learning the art of medicine in Nazareth, Israel. It left an indelible mark on me, as well as a deep love for the Middle East.

I've been back to Nazareth a number of times since then - once to share the celebrations of the Nazareth EMMS Hospital's 150th Anniversary in 2012, and on two bike rides, raising funds for vital projects to allow the hospital to provide the best care to the diverse community in the Galilee.

In 2017 I will be joining a group of friends from Nazareth, Scotland and elsewhere to cycle the arduous and dusty journey from the mysterious and beautiful city of Petra in the Jordanian desert, to the Dead Sea, and up the Jordan Valley to the Sea of Galilee and then on to Nazareth itself in the fertile north of Israel.

We're raising funds for the vital work of the Nazareth Hospital Dialysis Unit, and we need your support! If you can join us on the bike ride, please do: CLICK HERE. The more the merrier! Or if you would like to sponsor us on our journey (and please make sure you follow our photos - I'll be tweeting them from @shanemuk like crazy in October), your donation would be very much appreciated - CLICK HERE for the Justgiving site http://justgiving.com/shanenaz - please tell your friends.

[We use Justgiving.com because this actually saves the charity a LOT of money by not having to administer cash and cheques - it is really worth it, especially if you add Gift Aid. Also, I am subbing all my travel and expenses as well as my own donation, so all your donation goes to the Dialysis Unit Fund. There is also part of the fund designated to improve volunteer accommodation, which translates directly into the work of the hospital, so it has a significant multiplier effect. I've seen the direct results of how the hospital uses the funds, and I'm really impressed.]

I have some photos of the 2016 bike ride here: http://www.answersingenes.com/2016/12/photos-from-our-galilee-bike-ride.html - you would be really welcome for the 2017 ride of a lifetime!


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