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Wissam Al Jayyoussi takes to the open road with an open heart

Phuket's a Pitstop on Epic Bike Journey

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
PHUKET: It's the ride of a lifetime, and the ride of a lifeline. Biker Wissam Al Jayyoussi enjoys taking the long route to happiness.

He's on Phuket briefly as he nears the end of an epic ride that began in Dubai on May 12 and has taken him on a tall loop of a journey through 20 countries.

When he reaches Singapore on October 2, he will have covered 60,000 kilometres through h Iran,
Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kirgizstan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Mongolia, China, Nepal, India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.

''In 2010 I rode from Dubai to London across 36 countries and covered 40,000 kilometres,'' he said yesterday on Phuket. ''So I decided it was time to head in the opposite direction.''

Apart from the warmth of people he encounters along the way, Al Jayyoussi mostly remembers riding through snow and the difficult tracks of Mongolia.

His ''ride of a lifeline'' is in aid of the Palestine Children's Relief Fund, and he hopes donations from supporters will help develop a pediatric cancer centre in the troubled country.

Al Jayyoussi, 37, who runs an IT software business in Dubai, funds the trips himself and enjoys the loneliness of the long distance ride on his BMW GS1200 Adventure.

The bike was going in for a mechanical overhaul yesterday before he undertakes the easy bit - the ride to Singapore.

Then he will part with the BMW and fly home to his wife. She keeps an eye on where her husband is by following his GPS. The Palestinian consulate in Dubai provides logistical support.

As the world grows smaller, the Goodwill Journey continues. Coming up next for Wissam Al Jayyoussi: a jaunt from Alaska to Argentina.

You can find more online at http://goodwilljourney.org/ The PCRF Official Web Site: www.pcrf.net
Donation Web Site: www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/pcrf-uae/goodwilljourney

About the Children's Fund
The Palestine Children's Relief Fund is a registered non-political, non-profit organisation established in 1991 by concerned and altruistic individuals in the US to address the medical and humanitarian crisis facing Palestinian youth in the Middle East. Since its establishment, the philanthropic union has expanded beyond the borders of Palestine to help suffering children from other Middle Eastern nations, such as Iraq, solely based on their medical necessities. The PCRF aids in locating free medical care for children who are unable to get the necessary and specialised treatment in their homeland. PCRF also helps to improve the quality of medical care in the Middle East by sending medical equipment and supplies to the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Clearly, charity cannot be sufficient enough to guarantee the wellbeing of an entire nation, so the organisation has taken further steps to ensure children in need are attended to properly. With the health and longevity of a nation in mind, the PCRF has sent multinational medical personnel to the region to treat difficult cases and train medical personnel.

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I love it. Good luck, Wissam.

Posted by Sam W on September 25, 2012 14:06

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Very cool. I noticed a BMW GS1200 at Kata Beach with Russian plates a couple years ago. The Russian rider said he had ridden all the way from Russia and was headed to Singapore. I would live to do a trip like that one day.

Posted by NomadJoe on September 26, 2012 03:44


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