Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
8:00 AM 14th February 2020

Maggie's 4000 Mile Charity Ride

Maggie Tookey has been at the forefront of The Edinburgh Direct Aid's work in many places including Kosovo, Lebanon Kenya and Pakistan.

For her 70th birthday Maggie Tookey is planning a zero-emissions 4000 mile journey, much of it by bike with a bus or train thrown in where necessary.

Maggie will be doing her epic bike ride April to Sept/Oct 2020, helping to provide schooling for displaced Syrian refugee children in the border camps of Syria and Lebanon.

EDA’s “Future Syria” School in Arsal, Lebanon
EDA’s “Future Syria” School in Arsal, Lebanon
The journey starts from where The Edinburgh Direct Aid (EDA) began work in Sarajevo, and continues via Kosovo, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Krygystan, China and Pakistan.

In Pakistan Maggie will revisit primary care clinics built by EDA after the 2005 earthquake, high up in the Neelum Valley in Pakistan controlled Kashmir.

Special needs doesn’t mean no fun –  the Balsam centre in Arsal, Lebanon
Special needs doesn’t mean no fun – the Balsam centre in Arsal, Lebanon
Refugees and the displaced sit it out in shacks and tents, waiting for sanity to return. They can bear it: provided there is hope and schooling for their children. With your help, EDA will help.

Edinburgh Direct Aid has been helping victims of war and natural disasters in Bosnia, Kosovo, Sri Lanka, Lebanon, Kenya, Gaza, Greece, Syria and Pakistan since 1992.

To sponsor Maggie’s ride to provide schooling for Syrian refugee children in border camps: go to,
or phone 0131 552 1545, or send a cheque to Edinburgh Direct Aid, 29 Starbank Road, Edinburgh EH5 3BY
(please indicate that it’s for Maggie’s ride, provide an address and say if can claim gift-aid)

Edinburgh Direct Aid
delivers aid to people in desperate need in far away places.
has been registered in Scotland as a charity, number SC021007, since 1992.
is an all-volunteer charity: no-one is paid except local staff in destination countries.
does not use expensive advertising or percentage fund-raisers.
delivers aid and a hand of friendship, in person, always.