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How did the Leicester-Amsterdam challenge go?

On August bank holiday weekend, Waves of Positivity teamed up with Islamic Relief for their first international challenge, as 11 participants cycled from Leicester to Amsterdam in aid of rebuilding homes in Syria for those affected by the Turkiye-Syria earthquake.

The challenge consisted of three days of cycling which totals 195 miles!

  • Day 1 – Leicester to Cambridge (75 miles)
  • Day 2 – Cambridge to Harwich (70 miles)
  • Day 3 – Hook of Holland to Amsterdam (50 miles)
Participants group photo

Rebuilding homes in Syria 

So far the challenge has raised over £31,000.

Funds raised from the challenge will go towards rebuilding homes in Syria. Many families are living in tents which are extremely inadequate in providing safe shelter, and leave families suffering from the freezing cold and winter storms, as well as the harsh conditions in the summer.

Before the earthquake struck, Islamic Relief had started rebuilding houses for the families displaced by the crisis in Syria. So far, we have built 145 houses in North-West Syria. With your vital help, we will scale-up our building of homes, especially for the most vulnerable, so that they can live in safety and with dignity.

Let’s hear some feedback from participants!

An incredible journey from start to finish. Alhamdulillah Waves of Positivity put so much effort into organising this challenge with Islamic Relief, and they did a fantastic job. I made memories and bonds that will last a lifetime and pushed myself more than I thought possible. More than anything else, this challenge allowed us as a team to band together to raise over £31,000 for Syria through the help of Allah.

Umar Ibrahim, Bolton

The brotherhood and memories created on this trip will last for a lifetime.

Participant of the Leicester to Amsterdam challenge

Cycling was difficult at some points but it felt better and easier having brothers around me to keep me going.

Participant of the Leicester to Amsterdam challenge

The brotherhood was just amazing, bringing people that have never really met before this cycling and seeing them gel together was so heartwarming. Shoutout to the Waves of Positivity team. May this be a reason for us to enter Jannah! Ameen.

Azizur Rahman, London

It was such an amazing event for an amazing point.

Participant of the Leicester to Amsterdam challenge

Islamic Relief would like to extend our special thanks to all participants and those who have generously sponsored them. 

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