Saturday, 20 April 2013

The Big Drive - As it happens

BFTF's Brother is taking part in Muslim Hands "Big DRive" event in which a fleet of ambulances are being driven to Pakistan for use in rural areas where many die simply because they cannot get to hospitals in time.

Thanks are due to National Police Aid Convoys and Nottingham Forest FC for supporting this project.

This post will, inshallah, be updated daily with news of how the conoy is doing (latest updates at the top)

Follow on Twitter with #theBigDrive and on @MuslimHandsUK and @PoliceAidConvoy

The Big Drive Route (click to enlarge)

Wednesday 1st May2013
The convoy has crossed the border into Pakistan !

Tuesday 30th April 2013
No news from the convoy today.

Monday 29th April 2013
Day 11 saw the convoy continue on their journey through Iran with the evenings stop being and the famed city of Bam (Image Source).

The ancient city of Bam

Sunday 28th April 2013
Day 10 saw the convoy travel south to the legendary city of Isfahan (image source).

Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Isfahan

Saturday 27th April 2013
Day 9 saw the convoy leave Erzurum and set off for the Iranian Border with the intention of entering Iran and making it to Zanjan for the nightstop. Along the way the convoy must pass the majestic 5137m peak of Mount Ararat. To the south lies the 74mile wide Lake Van, which was renamed thus in the 1960's to recognise the opening of Ford's first light commercial vehicle production line in the country (allegedly) ..

Heading towards Iran (via @HaseebIqbal)....

The rather Tellytubby-esque scenery in Eastern Turkey (via Ummar Yousaf)


By some distance the most awesome picture of the trip so far - Mount Ararat looming up in the distance as the Ambulances drive through Dogubayazit (via Ummar Yousaf)

Friday 26th April 2013
Day 8 saw the convoy arrive at leave Erzurum...

Erazuram (via Ummar Yousaf)

Thursday 25th April 2013
Day 7 saw the convoy travel through the heartland of Turkey, passing through the capital Ankara on their way to Sivas where they will stop for the night. Well, that was the original plan, but the convoy is now going to keep on driving for an extra 400 miles through the night to Erzurum...

Istanbul, which looks unexpectedly like Milton Keynes (via @HaseebIqbal)

Wednesday 24th April 2013
Day 6 saw the convoy continue to struggle through the Greek/Turkish border, but eventually managed to enter Turkey proper and travelling to Istanbul for a rest day. With Ankara beckoning tomorrow...

At the Turkish Border

Nice hat, Imam Sahib

Zaf C does his Jonny Bravo impersonation

Just waiting for a few words from Kofi

Beautiful Masjid,Istanbul, Turkey

Tuesday 23rd April 2013
Day 5 saw the convoy, which was now back to full strength ambulance-wise, arriving in Greece and setting off across the country towards Turkey. They reached the Turkish border in the evening (UK time) and spent the entire night there as first the Greek and then the Turkish border guards took a close look at the fleet of ambulances. Incidentally, all round dude Hafiz Zubair is also travelling alongside the convoy with his own set of charity ambulances.

Leaving Italy (?) on the ferry

A lot of Ambulances

Zaf B(left) and Zaf C(right) - both looking ice cool

Monday 22nd April 2013
On Day 4 the convoy left Ancona and travelled further south before getting onto a ferry for a mammoth 18hr sea journey to the sunny Greek port of Igoumenitsa .

All aboard the ferry to Greece! (via @MuslimHandsUK)

Sunday 21st April 2013
Day 3 the convoy (which had sadly lost a few ambulances along the way to mechanical problems) reached the port of saw the comnoy enter Italy and travel about half way down along the Adriatic coast before stopping ofr the night at Ancona.

Austria (via @HaseebIqbal2)

Saturday 20th April 2013
Day 2 continued the journey by crossing into Luxembourg, then Germany and into (apparantly very chilly) Austria where they will stop for the night at Innsbruck. Three ambulances have broken down. Inshallah hoping that there are no more in the rest of the trip. Hoping for pictures tomorrow.

Zaf C

Friday 19th April 2013
Following several weeks of intense fundraising, which saw Zaf C raise over £10,000 for the Project (and which included this memorable event) the Big Day for the Big Drive arrived, and the fleet of 25 decommissioned and refurbished NHS ambulances setting off amidst much fanfare from the Nottingham Forest Ground, and welcome coverage from regional media.

Soon the convoy had reached southern England and were boarding the EuroStar for the channel crossing and were able to arrive safely at their first night stop in Belgium.

The Convoy, ready to set off (via @BeneCareMedical

Boarding EuroStar (via @HaseebIqbal2)

1 comment:

  1. Assalaam alaykum. Amazing pics, thanks for keeping us informed.

    keep up the good work.