FIDF holds sixth annual bike ride in Israel in support of soldiers

The cyclists visited several IDF bases during their ride, from the Mount Hermon military base to the 91st Gallilee Division, which oversees security along the border with Lebanon.

 FIDF supporters and wounded IDF veterans following the sixth annual FIDF ride (photo credit: GILAD KAVALERCHIK)
FIDF supporters and wounded IDF veterans following the sixth annual FIDF ride
(photo credit: GILAD KAVALERCHIK)

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) held its sixth annual cycle ride on Friday when over 40 of the group's supporters from the United States and several wounded veterans embarked on a six-day cycling tour of Israel in support of IDF soldiers.

The cyclists visited several IDF bases during their ride, from the Mount Hermon army base to the 91st Galilee Division, which oversees military security along the border with Lebanon.

FIDF is an NGO established in 1981 that offers social, educational and cultural programs designed to celebrate and honor IDF soldiers.

The wounded IDF veterans participation was facilitated through the NGO's Wounded Soldiers program.

The veterans, who lost their legs during their service in combat, were given prosthetic legs by the FIDF.

 The sixth annual FIDF ride in action (credit: GILAD KAVALERCHIK) The sixth annual FIDF ride in action (credit: GILAD KAVALERCHIK)

"The ride was an unforgettable journey, going from the Galilee and the Golan Heights all the way to Jerusalem," said Gilbert Chaim, an FIDF supporter from Miami.

"We enjoyed six days of awesome cycling, great friendships and good moments to share, all for an important cause: supporting our soldiers and the future of Israel."

"Our annual ride provided an incredible opportunity for FIDF supporters to spend time with Israeli soldiers, experience the land and explore Israel in a fun and challenging way," said FIDF Central Region Vice President Tamir Oppenheim.