Report from Australia to Cuba with Love

We have now completed 24,174 kms of our return trip to Cuba. With only a little over two weeks, we have 5,598 kms to go. Can we do it? Please remember to manually add your kms onto your Dashboard page on the web site if you are not using the automatic Strava link.

Here is a lovely video from three students at the Cuban Institute of Foreign Affairs, thanking campaign participants. 

In these final weeks friends and campaign supporters have been doing some group activities to rack up the kilometres. On March 19th, campaigners walked 8 kms along the Wynnum foreshore and wetlands boardwalk, talking to people they met along the way about the effects of the US blockade. And last Saturday, March 26th, walkers continued along the Shorncliffe foreshore. Check out the photos here. More photos and videos will be posted shortly on our Facebook page.  

What next

There are several events being organised over the next 16 days of the campaign. We hope to see you at some of them. Please note that the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens walk, scheduled for Wednesday 30 March, has been cancelled as more rain is expected.

Brisbane, Sunday 3 April, Orleigh Park and Riverwalk Walk

Meet 9:30am for a 10am start, at West End in front of the Ferry terminal, Cnr Orleigh and Hoogley Street. We will follow the river walkway around to the Brisbane sign at Southbank Parklands, approximately 4.3kms. Here is the Strave route https://www.strava.com/routes/2938329639463524232. For more information, you can contact the coordinator Sue Monk on 0407384885.

Sydney, Sunday 3 April, 12pm, Prince Alfred Park, Solidarity picnic and walk-a-thon for Cuba 

The picnic will be held at Equality Green, Prince Alfred Park, near Central Station. Please come with your own picnic blanket, food, drinks and mask. You will be able to make donations to the campaign by EFT or in cash on the day. For more information, please see Facebook link

Brisbane, Sunday 10 April, Solidarity Walk – Musgrave Park, South Brisbane to King George Square

Meet at 12.45pm for a 1pm start in Musgrave Park, corner of Russell and Cordelia Streets. Walk to King George Square via Melbourne Street and Victoria Bridge to join the Palm Sunday Rally (to promote peace and support for refugees) which commences at 2pm. Approximately 3km. For more information, you can contact the coordinator Deb McLoughlin on 0410727094.

Saturday 16 April, Finale, special event to celebrate the end of the campaign. Details coming

Reminders

Please continue to share any photos and stories of your journey on your Dashboard blog space on the campaign website or share them to any social media you use, with the hashtag #UnblockCuba or #Aus2CubaWithLove and please spread the word about the campaign. New participants are still welcome.

We have a few remaining t-shirts and a couple of riding jerseys left if you are aware of anyone who wants to purchase one T-shirts are $20 and riding jerseys are $70.

Yours in solidarity

Sue 

Sue Monk
Australia–Cuba Friendship Society (Brisbane)

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