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Saliha Majeed-Hajaj

Cycling from Thessaloniki to Athens, in order to raise funds for Khora Refugee Centre

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This summer I’m getting to combine my interests of cycling and migration, as I join the fab social enterprise, Thighs of Steel. They will be cycling from London to Athens over 7 weeks and I will be joining on their last leg from Thessaloniki to Athens (Inshallah). Cycling 600km over 6 days with an ascent of 7100m, through Greek’s highest mountain, Mount Olympus … yikes, that’s a lot of uphill struggle, sweaty climbs & wild camping!

I have paid all the expenses and so every penny donated will go straight to Khora Refugee Centre. Khora is an 8-floor community centre in Athens. The fact that Khora is a grassroots operation means that all the money goes directly to supporting the people who are most in need.

The previous years’ rides have raised enough money to pay for the rent and electricity of the community centre for an entire year! That is the real, tangible impact your donation can have - we would love for this to happen another year running. 

Do spare anything you can to support Khora on their journey on providing a safe space for vulnerable migrants in Europe…and wish me luck, because I’ll need it!

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London to Athens 2018

A group of not-so-serious cyclists have set themselves the serious challenge of cycling between London and Athens. The ride is a relay-style challenge, with each participant taking on a week or two of the overall trip.

We are fundraising for Khora; a grassroots, proactive association running a community centre in Athens. Their centre provides basic and human needs for people without freedom of movement. This includes free nutritious food, clothing, education, access to information and a safe space to build relationships and relax.

Equally important to what they offer, is how they offer it. Khora is run by volunteers from all over the world. Its team includes members of the local Greek community, the refugee community and other international volunteers too. It prioritises dignity and respect in every service it provides.

The £60,000 we are aiming to raise will pay for the rent for their community centre for an entire year. The running costs of a project are typically the hardest to find funding for, so it of particular importance to be able to provide this for Khora, to secure a stable future for the project. All fund-raised money goes to Khora, and none on the ride.

Event date

22-July-2018 00:00  - 
08-September-2018 23:59

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Congratulations Sal! What a great achievement xx
Donation by Clare and Rory
on 25-09-2018
£5.00 gift aid
So impressed Saliha! Have an amazing time
Donation by Georgina
on 31-08-2018
£5.00 gift aid
Well done Saliha! Great effort and a great cause!
Donation by Vinod Aithal
on 30-08-2018
£7.50 gift aid
As ever, I am in awe of a) your passion, b) your cycling ability and c) the fact that you're using annual leave to do something that's both kind and crazy :)
Donation by Emily B
on 30-08-2018
£5.00 gift aid
Good luck and stay safe Saliha! Xx.
Donation by Faded
on 28-08-2018
£5.00 gift aid
Go Sallykins go! We know you can do it. Such a worthy cause and a brave challenge. May Allah swt make it easy and worthwhile for you, love Team Idrees ××××××
Donation by Team Idrees
on 22-07-2018
£5.00 gift aid
Donation by Aideen
on 20-06-2018
Go Sal! Awesome initiative. Good luck! xx
Donation by Bryony Norman
on 17-06-2018
£5.00 gift aid
May the road be smooth and the climate cool. Great work for a great cause. Team Asad is behind you ✊🏽 Yusra thinks you’ll do great Ummaysah thinks you’ll finish strong Salahudeen thinks it’s time for cake May Allah always guide you sister 💚
Donation by Muhammed Asad Kayani
on 09-06-2018
£7.50 gift aid
Great work Sallykins. Hope the journey's smooth for you, inshallah will be an unforgettable experience x
Donation by Maleha
on 04-06-2018
£7.50 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £637.00
Offline Donations: £0.00
Total Raised: £637.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £762.50

Donations closed

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