A Dutch couple sold their properties and quit their jobs to fulfil their ambition of touring the world on a motor bike! Their tour is not for fun's sake, but to spread awareness about the children who suffer on account of wars and conflicts in different parts of the world.

By Salah Al-deberky (Staff Reporter)

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Published: Fri 16 Dec 2005, 2:41 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:50 PM

Forty five year old Peter Mack and his wife, the 44-year-old Karen Fatour, began their journey in 2001 from their home town in Nimekhen, around 150 kilometres away from the Dutch capital.

The couple reached Fujairah yesterday and will soon leave for the Sultanate of Oman, Yemen, Qatar, Bahrain, Iran, Kazhakistan and India.

The Marine Club of Fujairah has hosted a reception for them. During their meeting with the members of the club, Peter and Karen described their journey as a campaign to spread around the world the message that the victims of wars, particularly children, desperately needed the support of all right-thinking people.

"We needed a lot of money for this trip. So we sold our house and car and began preparations," Karen explained. "We visited many countries including Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia and Tanzania. The UAE and its people impressed us so much with their generosity and good nature," she said.

Peter said it took them about 33,000 kilometres to reach the UAE. "When we reach a country, we write a report about it, describing the economic status of children there and send it to the Netherlands," he pointed out.

The report reaches major companies in Europe who are willing to provide help to suffering children in these countries, he added.

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