Manchester-based Media Directors Liz Chapman and Jo Atkins are joining approximately 300 women from 30 countries to cycle 300 km across the Middle East on the third ‘Follow the Women’ bicycle ride.
The ride takes place from 6th-21st April 2007 to support women in the Middle East and call for an end to violence in the region.
The ‘Follow the Women’ initiative was established to bring together an international organisation of ordinary women united in calling for an end to violence in the Middle East.
Liz and Jo were moved by images in the media of war-torn families and orphans, left without homes and food through war and terrorism. When they heard about this initiative they made the decision to ‘Follow the Women’.
Jo Atkins said “We hope to raise substantial funds for this initiative. We are not athletic and felt that by committing to a challenge that will not only be physically but mentally demanding, our friends and colleagues would feel compelled to support us in raising both awareness and money”.
Liz commented “On a daily basis we are faced with images and stories of war, yet as individuals are unable to reach out and show compassion to the ordinary people in those countries. This is the first initiative we found that mirrored our feeling of helplessness and enabled us to channel our compassion in a positive way – as organiser and found Detta Regan put it ‘we can either sit on our bottoms and do nothing or get on our bikes and do something for peace'”.