Bikers ride 4,000km to deliver aid for Syrians




EIGHT Bahraini bikers have travelled more than 4,000km across four countries to deliver aid to Syrian refugees.

The Super Adventure Riders, as the group is known, journeyed from Bahrain to Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt, stopping at various cities and refugee camps along the way.

Group head Shaikh Mohammed bin Salman Al Khalifa told the GDN from Egypt that he came up with the idea as a way to show Bahrain’s support for those most in need.

“We wanted to show that we suffered to get there too and didn’t just get on a plane for an hour or two to be with them,” he said.

“We travelled 2,300km to get there and show both the Al Zaatari and Al Zarga refugee camps our support, especially with the Huda Storm that hit them recently.”

A strong and violent winter storm known as ‘Huda’ first hit the Middle East on January 7 and has claimed the lives of four people, including three children, leaving dozens of others injured.

Shaikh Mohammed said he discussed his plans with Royal Charity Organisation (RCO) chairman Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa before the group embarked.

“I told Shaikh Nasser about the idea, that we wanted to do something different,” said Shaikh Mohammed.

“He gave his full support under the RCO, then I had meeting with RCO secretary general Dr Mustafa Al Sayed and we went ahead with the plan.”

The group rode in convoy with a support vehicle, which carried their safety equipment, and they met up with aid trucks that carried supplies bound for the refugee camps.

“The trip started from Bahrain, crossing Saudi to Jordan, Amman,” said Shaikh Mohammed.

“We rode to the Al Zaatari camp – around 300km back and forth and spent three or four hours there, where we gave a full two or three trucks of aid, including blankets, tents, clothing and toys for kids.

“On the next day, we met my good friend Prince Hamzah bin Al Hussein, the brother of King Abdullah of Jordan.

“Under his patronage, we went to the royal museum, King Hussein’s Car Museum and presented trophies that are going to stay there in the museum.

“Then we headed south about 300km to Petra, where we took a ride through the snow on the mountains.

“After that we travelled to Aqaba, where we met the governor and explored the area.”

The group next took a ferry across the Red Sea to Nuweiba in Egypt, but were in for a rough ride.

“It was really stormy on the Red Sea, so it was very tiring,” said Shaikh Mohammed.

“We got no sleep and the ferry took six hours.

“After that we rode 100km south towards Dahab, where we went diving at the famous Blue Hole and took pictures with the Bahraini flag under the sea.”

After Dahab, the group travelled to Sharm El-Sheikh, where they plan to raise the Bahraini flag alongside Bahraini Ambassador to Egypt Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa.

“We want to represent His Majesty King Hamad and the people of Bahrain,” said Shaikh Mohammed.

“We want to show our support to President Sisi and the people of Egypt, to show the love from Bahrain to Egypt.”

The bikers will now head back through Nuweiba and Aqaba to Amman, where they will tour Irbid and go hunting and shooting.

“What’s amazing about the trip is we have faced temperatures of -2C and now in Egypt its 31C,” he said.

“In some cases we were wearing two to four layers of thermal clothing and some days like today we’re riding in shorts and T-shirts on the beach.

“It’s been different cities and different temperatures every two days.”

The bikers are expected to return to Bahrain on January 31.


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