I set myself my biggest Big Ride challenge yet, cycling from home in Yeronga out to Wellington Point to the home of our friends Sue Phillips and Trevor Berrill.
There I joined friends in the El Quds team (Ian, Graeme) and Trevor and Peter to ride from Wellington Point to Cleveland Point, while my partner Sue Monk joined up with others in the Araucaria team to walk Point to Point. We had a little rain along the way, but thoroughly enjoyed the day, taking in the sights around Moreton Bay – wonderful fig trees, ducks, baby plovers and native flowering trees, as well as views to Stradbroke Island – and talking about the situation in the refugee camps in Lebanon.
We sheltered from the rain in Cleveland with a very convenient stop for coffee and gelato!
Along the way Ian and I called in to see Sol and Rodrigo, Chilean friends with whom we discussed the 11th September anniversary of the 1973 coup and how COVID-19 prevented us from having a commemorative activity in Brisbane. In our brief visit we saw their new solar system, talked about the corporatisation of universities, and the role of horror stories in learning a second language.
We returned to Sue and Trevor’s place for lunch and afternoon tea, spending time discussing about the role of the coast in Australian’s understanding of themselves, the Tour de France and music.
To complete the day I declined the kind offer of a lift and decided to cycle home, completing more than 90 km for the day. I surpassed the target distance I set myself for the Big Ride, the distance from Jerusalem to Beirut, and now have increased it to mark, symbolically, the return of Palestinian people in Lebanon to their homeland.
It was great to check the Big Ride Raisely website to see that we had collectively raised more than $20000 and covered over 4000 km for the Palestinian Women’s Humanitarian Organisation.
A week to go with more riding and building solidarity with the people of Palestine! Looking forward to hearing the stories of others!
13 Sept 2020
Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA