Thursday, 22 May 2014

Peace mission for Syria please support in any way you can London to Beirut by boat leaves June 21st


Maria Gallastegui and I are sailing from London to Beirut (departing 21st June) in a 16ft Wayfarer sailing boat as a solidarityand awareness raising action for the people of Syria and the many issues related to the ongoing situation there.  Please see the official release below.  We'll be providing updates about the trip via the Syria Peace + Justice website (url below).  
We welcome any and all support.  
Our ideal vision is a flotilla!  Please do join us, although our boat (see pic) is full up so you'll need a suitable craft, equipment and experience (or at least be sailing with an experienced person).  Please email myself or Maria for more details.

Best wishes

Simon Moore. 

PS:  We're supporting Earthian: Peace Pilgrim who is also en-route to the Middle East on a mission of peace for Syria and the region:  In the spirit of open borders and gift economy, Earthian uses no money or passport!

Syria solidarity activists to sail from London to Beirut – For immediate release

Sail4Syria duo to depart from South Bank of river Thames (from the beach next to Gabriel’s Wharf), London, Saturday 21st June 2014 at 2 p.m.

On Saturday 21st June, two peace activists, Maria Gallastegui and Simon Moore, will embark on a 3500-mile sailing voyage from London to Beirut, Lebanon in solidarity with the people of Syria. They will travel aboard a 16-foot Wayfarer dingy:

The boat which Maria and Simon are sailing to Beirut

    The boat which Maria and Simon are sailing to

The aims of the Sail4Syria project, which is a project of London-based Syria Peace & Justice are as follows: [1]·
  • To show solidarity with people whose lives have been torn apart by the crisis in Syria, including those still living in war zones and besieged areas and the more than 2.5 million refugees dispersed mainly around neighbouring countries, including Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey;·
  • To build networks with and support grassroots organisations and communities inside and outside Syria working to address the serious humanitarian and societal issues created by the crisis, as well as those working non-violently for positive democratic change within Syria;·
  • To publicise our call for an end to the fuelling and intensifying of the conflict by various governments including UK, USA, Russia, Iran, Qatar, Saudia Arabia and Turkey who have been facilitating the flow of weapons and military equipment into the country to all sides[2], and without taking their full share of responsibility for the ensuing humanitarian crisis.[3]

Syria Peace + Justice is calling for non-violent action to highlight and challenge the above behaviour and encourage a responsible, compassionate and peaceful approach to the Syria crisis from the international community.

The Sail4Syria team is seeking to link up with like-minded groups and individuals as it passes through various cities, towns and villages along its route.

For media enquiries or further information, please
Tel:Maria: 07907 233 861 Simon: 07963 475 195

Notes to editor:
1. Syria Peace & Justice is an open, London-based non-sectarian grassroots group, formed in October 2013. It wishes to promote a peaceful end to the terrible conflict in Syria and justice and human rights for all of its people.
More information can be found on the group’s website:

Updates on the progress of the Sail4Syria voyage will be published on

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