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Africa 1 convoy ready for departure

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Thursday, 7 July 2011

The Africa 1 Convoy, one of the continents first major aid missions to the Gaza Strip, has entered into its final week of preparations ahead of its historic departure.

The Convoy is an initiative spearheaded by the South African based Al Quds Foundation and supported by a host of well-wishing civil society organizations and charities that aim to gather support and spread awareness about the plight of the Palestinian people and bring much needed aid to the besieged Palestinian territory.

In the build-up to the official dispatch of the aid by ship on July 14, the Convoy is hosting a massive official send-off ceremony on Sunday, 10 July, at the warehouse where the aid is being stored. The public is encouraged to attend what promises to be a colourful South African send-off, and to observe the extent of preparations. Speakers at the event will include the organisers, senior politicians and community leaders. There will also be an opportunity to inspect the vehicles that will form part of the land convoy.

The details of the ceremony are as follows:

Date: Sunday, 10 July 2011

Time: 10.30 for 11.00am

Place: 7 Sulzer Place, Phoenix Industrial Park, KwaZulu Natal

The ceremony will be broadcast live on Cii, the official media partner of the Convoy.

The aid being dispatched will include ambulances medical Supplies, generators, water and stationery.

The ship is scheduled to depart for Egypt on Thursday, 14 July, from the Durban harbour. Concurrently, an awareness convoy will depart from Masjied Rabie in the Western Cape on 29 July. Participants will embark on a 21-day round trip visiting major towns in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania. Additionally, volunteers will jet down to Egypt on 20 August and connect with the aid for the final drive into Gaza.

Although no more physical aid is being accepted, financial contributions to the medical initiatives of the Convoy will still be accepted right until departure. This is due to dire medical crises that the Gaza Strip continues to experience.

For further information, contact the Africa 1 Aid Convoy on 011 211 4047 or Shakir Baker on 072 448 3250