Australian-Palestinian Community Races

20.05.11 – 14:21

Jerusalem – UN Media to PNN – nearly 150 athletes, including 55 in wheelchairs, will take part in “One Community” races staged in the West Bank towns of Bethlehem and Hebron.

ImageThe event is sponsored by the Australian Representative Office in Ramallah in partnership with Palestine: Sports for Life and in co-operation with local sports and disabled clubs in the West Bank. The race start at 9:00am in Al Quds Street in Bethlehem and at the Hamdi Manko Library in Nablus.

Announcing the event, Jenny Grant-Curnow, Head of Australia’s Representative Office in Ramallah said, “The race aims to encourage the involvement in their communities of Palestinians with disabilities and will highlight a passion for sports that Australians and Palestinians share.

 The races involving able-bodied Palestinian athletes and athletes with disabilities will provide an opportunity for joint competition. We thank the governorate and Municipalities of Nablus and Bethlehem for their support.”

Four students from UNRWA schools will participate in the race. The Agency’s Spokesman, Chris Gunness used the opportunity to thank the Australian government and people for their support for UNRWA. “Australia is one of our most generous donors, not just to our General Fund providing basic services, but to other initiatives, such as recreational activities which UNRWA organises in places like Gaza. The race promises to be a lot of fun.”

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