Wissam Al Jayyousi on a 60,000-km fundraising journey

by Staff Reporter | July 12th, 2012

Wissam Al Jayyoussi is travelling along the historic Silk Route from the Middle East to Southeast Asia by motorbike. He has now completed another leg of his 60,000-km “Goodwill Journey” on reaching Chelyabinsk, Russia, the 15th stop on his 22-country voyage.

Wissam, a Jordanian national with Palestinian roots, embarked on this inspirational quest to create awareness and raise funds for the first freestanding pediatric cancer centre in Palestine.  Al Jayyoussi has been relying on communications equipment provided by Thuraya Telecommunications Company, the international mobile satellite operator.

Proceeds from the “Goodwill Journey” charity project will be used to purchase medical equipment for the Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund Pediatric Cancer Centre in the West Bank.

The satellite communications equipment provided by Thuraya has reportedly helped  Al Jayyoussi to stay in contact with his sponsors and his Dubai-based team as well as to upload photos, videos and other material from the epic journey. Al Jayyoussi expects to complete the trip in approximately 132 days.

“I am thrilled to be sharing the experience with all those who are supporting me and closely following the ‘Goodwill Journey’. The success of this campaign depends largely on the support of our key sponsors as well as the individual benefactors who genuinely believe in our cause,” said Al Jayyoussi.

“Thuraya is committed to serving humanity. We are delighted to be supporting  Al Jayyoussi on his inspirational project,” said Samer Halawi, Thuraya’s CEO.

Among the equipment provided by Thuraya is the Thuraya XT handset for phone calls and for online tracking. As he was driving through the mountains of Balochistan in Pakistan, the Thuraya XT fell off his motorbike. Several miles later, Wissam realised he was missing his Thuraya. Luckily, he had the last coordinates from it, which later helped the police locate it. When found two days later, the phone was reportedly still on!

On another occasion, Wissam had a minor accident where he suffered a fall. He recalled, “I fell off my bike, sustained injuries to my ribs and the bike was also damaged. But, yet again, the phone was still on and working! Thuraya XT has proven to be tougher than me and my motorbike!”

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