Audhali, from Knowle in Solihull, has signed up for The Peace Cycle
which will see him clock up over 2,500 miles as he cycles from Trafalgar
Square to Jerusalem, home of three world religions.
who has just graduated, will begin his journey for peace from London
with 10 others, and will be joined by up to 200 more peace campaigners
along the way, many of whom will hail from Europe, Australia and
will also be joined by fellow Brummies including Khurram Yaqoob,
brother of British peace activist Salma Yaqoob. Together, the volunteers
will cycle their way across Europe taking in France, Switzerland,
Italy, Greece and Jordan.
21, said: "I am taking this challenge very seriously and I
don't want to let down my sponsors. I know I will have to be very
fit so I am training three to four times a week, slowly building
up the distance I cover.
have pledged to raise £2,000 to take part in the Peace Cycle.
I want to support work in seeking long-term peace and justice for
the people of Palestine and Israel."
has already raised his minimum of £1,500 to pay for the travel
expenses and is concentrating on raising funds for the charities
week, in a ten minute collection at the Birmingham Central Mosque,
worshippers contributed £2,500 towards his cycle for peace.
Mustapha was very grateful for this gesture and stressed its benefit
for the suffering people of Palestine.
said: "I am very happy that people from all faiths and backgrounds
are coming together to support this very important moral cause.
Israel is perpetrating blatant gross injustices yet no one seems
to be making an effort to stand up and speak out.
Peace Cycle is here to help express a louder voice to speak out
against these injustices caused largely by the Israeli occupation
of Palestinian land."
a former pupil at Arden School in Solihull, believes that peace
can be achieved if effort is made on both sides and believes that
both Israeli Occupation and militant suicide bombings must be stopped
to achieve peace.
21-year-old believes this can be done "by showing the world
that people from all walks of life will not tolerate gross injustice
and inequality to innocent people."
Mohammad Naseem, Chairman of the Birmingham Central Mosque, said:
"The cause of Palestine is a just cause. We need to draw world
attention to the plight of Palestinians who are going through the
most horrendous circumstances. I think Mustapha is taking a very
commendable step towards the purpose of peace."
Peace Cycle is being supported by various Christian, Jewish, community
and human rights organisations. Mustapha's peace journey to Palestine
will begin on August 14 and the charity cycle challenge will last
find out more about The Peace Cycle, call Laura Abraham on 07941
056616 or log onto: www.thepeacecycle.org
diary part 1 - London to Geneve
diary part 2 - Geneve to Firenze