On Saturday afternoon, 19 March 2016, Nada Shawa finished her 10-mile journey over the iconic Forth Road Bridge on her mobility scooter in aid of the charity Freedom from Torture.
Her journey, from Blackhall, Edinburgh, to North Queensferry, Fife, was more than worthwhile – so far she has raised over £2,300, far more than she had originally envisaged.
Nada says that the journey went perfectly, she said:
“Everything worked out just as it should. Even the weather went to plan. We had a clear blue sky and plenty of sunshine. Scooting over the bridge was a fantastic experience.
“We had no technical problems during the journey; everything worked as it should. Ironically, at the very end the scooter had a puncture but by then it didn’t matter.
“Team Scootathon was brilliant with their planning, support and encouragement. I want to thank everyone for their generous support.”
Nada is originally from Gaza but has spent most of her life in Scotland and is a long-time resident of Edinburgh. She said:
“Coming from Gaza, I have been passionate about human rights for as long as I can remember and have dedicated much of my working life to helping asylum seekers and refugees, including survivors of torture and rape.
“The work Freedom from Torture does is so important. I have witnessed how support and care can help torture survivors gain self respect and become stronger in order to rebuild their lives.”
Nada is part of the Freedom from Torture Edinburgh Supporters’ Group, who raise awareness and funds to support the work of Freedom from Torture’s five treatment centres around the UK, including in Scotland. They organise a range of events and activities throughout the year including readings at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, fundraising walks and an annual picnic.
Nada’s Scootathon page is still open for donations visit https://www.justgiving.com/Nada-Shawa/.
More information about Freedom from Torture is at www.freedomfromtorture.org.