(11 September 13) - Two Days In Syria

SCOTS brothers are playing a crucial role taking ambulances and food supplies to sufferers in Syria. Mike Day, 58, and his brother Keith, 54, from Bridge of Allan, Stirling, will join a convoy taking the former NHS vehicles from Britain to refugee camps in northern Syria at the end of this month.



A total of six ambulances have already been despatched by sea in containers on vessels sailing from Felixstowe to Icel in southern Turkey.

Once the ambulances have arrived Mike and Keith will fly to the Turkish city of Adana to be met by a delegation from Syrian refugee camps, Turkish facilitators and Libyan charity representatives.

The brothers, who have previously helped deliver aid to Gaza, will then travel to the port of Icel to collect the ambulances, which they and others will drive to Rehanyi, a mile from the Syrian border.

Once formalities are completed the ambulances will be driven over the border to refugee camps at Atama, Adna, Mountain Arab and Turkiman where they will be officially signed over to hospital and refugee camp officials.

Retaining just one vehicle for a further two days, Mike and Keith, accompanied by experienced human aid workers, will then drive to a wholesaler in Turkey armed with a list of food required by the refugee camp organisers and CASH donated by Scots.

Having completed as many trips as is required to exhaust the cash, they will then travel back to Scotland.

The convoy has been organised by Mohamed Elhaddad a visiting lecturer at the University of West England, Bristol, who has already sent some 300 ambulances to Syria and organised 18 convoys during the period of the conflict.

The brothers' trip is expected to take seven to ten days in total.

Mike, a photographer, said yesterday: "The convoy is being organised by guys we met during a similar but much larger convoy of vehicles that went to Gaza in early 2009.

"We heard they were short of drivers and they were delighted when we offered to go.

"Our objective is to deliver invaluable ambulances and as much food as we can gather money to buy.

"We will physically hand aid to the people who need it."

Appealing for funds to assist their aid effort, Mike added: "The ambulances are already en route. We have the vehicles, so it makes sense to fill them with food. We are now raising as much money as we can to buy food for those in Syria who need it most."

Keith said: "It's the biggest disaster in the world right now -- they're desperate for these ambulances and every ounce of aid they can get.

"I can help by driving and ensuring the vehicles get where they're supposed to go, so I will."

* Anyone wishing to donate cash to help can do so to Royal Bank of Scotland - Account: 10824083 - Sort: 832709 or contact Keith Day by email: keithday@live.com