'From Australia to Cuba with love' campaign launched

June 5, 2023
Australia-Cuba Friendship Society volunteers launch the campaign on June 3
Australia Cuba Friendship Society volunteers at the launch. Photo: Lachlan Hurse

Volunteers from the Australia-Cuba Friendship Society launched the 2023 incarnation of “Australia to Cuba with love” on June 3 in the Botanical Gardens.

Campaigners aim to help end the US blockade of Cuba and to raise money for medical equipment in Cuba by walking, cycling, dancing or running 14,886 kilometres — the distance between Australia and Cuba over eight weeks.

Supporters can pledge money or sign up to participate online.

Last year, more than 60 people helped raise more than $25,000 for medical equipment.

“The reasons for a second round of the campaign are just as compelling,” the website explained. “In 2023 the people of Cuba continue in their relentless struggle to assert their sovereignty in the face of the inhumane blockade imposed by their powerful neighbour.”

“Shamefully, under [US President Joe] Biden, the United States has tightened the squeeze in a vain attempt to turn Cuban people against their revolution.

“The US blockade is a massive and unacceptable violation of Cuban people’s human rights; it is an economic war against a small country whose revolution has created extraordinary benefits for its people.”

[For more information and to support the campaign visit the website.]

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