Manchester trade unionist to cycle round Palestine to raise money for medical aid charity

  • Kevin Lucas cycling round Palestine next month to raise money for Medical Aid
  • Aims to raise £2,000 for charity providing support in most vulnerable areas in region

A top union official from Manchester is embarking on a six-day cycle trek across palestine to raise money for Medical Aid for Palestinians

Kevin Lucas, Unison north west manager, is taking part in Cycle For Palestine next month and hoping to riase £2,000.

The event is for experienced cyclists and Kevin a cycling enthusiast said: “It’s part of the world I have always been interested in. The history of Palestine is phenomenal, some of the great moments of the world has happened there.

“The politics of the region is what interests me the most and when I learnt there was an organised cycle trip organised by the charity, I jumped at the opportunity.”

Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) provides much-need health services to the most vulnerable areas of the toubled region.

In 2016 Cycle Palestine raised £120,000 for MAP and this year they are looking to double that number. 

Kevin, who is married with two children, said: “MAP provides aid in areas of occupation in the West Bank and the Gaza strip, remote areas that wouldn’t have access to good medical services, because of the barriers that is in place, they deal with maternity support, emergency responses and even mental support.”

The event lasts six days from 31 March to 8 April and around 30 people will be taking part cycling across the West Bank.

“The journey will start in the far north in Jenin and goes through Nablus, Jericho, Jerusalem, Bethlehem and finishes in the south. It is my first time going to Palestine, so really looking forward to that,” he said. 

So far Kevin has raised £1,649 for Medical Aid for Palestinians and is askng for donations vie his Just Giving page.