Funda Müjde – A car accident in Turkey
It’s not often you hear such a special story as the story of Funda Müjde. Funda is known for her career as an television actress, stage play actress and comedian. She has had several parts in Dutch television shows in Medisch Centrum West (Medical Center West) and Vrouwenvleugel (Women’s Wing).
In 2007 during a trip to her Turkish family a car ran into Funda’s Taxi. She was the only severely wounded of the people involved, as she puts it herself: More dead than alive. After many months in the hospital she couldn’t put the dream of walking again out of her head. She has made a promise since, to never stop trying until she succeeds.
From Turkish actrice to disabled
During Funda’s career she was known as a Turkish actress. She often got casted for a role in which her Turkish descent was prominent.
Now, her image has changed. She no longer is that Turkish actress from before, but has adapted to a new image as an actress in a wheelchair. She has stood on many podiums and has told her story many times, in many different ways. Funda was ready for the next step in her career.
The next big step
What Funda did next was make a commitment to a big challenge. Funda decided to return to her land of birth, traveling the same route her father did 50 years ago in reverse.
But she wasn’t going to do it by car, she was going to cycle it. And the perfect bike for her to do so on would be the BerkelBike. Funda began training in 2013 to ensure she can ride 2.700 kilometer with the BerkelBike in 50 stages.
28th of may it was finally time. Around 13:00 Funda Müjde left on her BerkelBike from Amsterdam to Istanbul. On her departure friends, family and supporters gathered to wish her well on her journey.
After a full morning program, famous Dutch personalities Ali B and Rayman gave the start signal. A few cyclists, among them was Rik Berkelmans, the creater of the BerkelBike, supported Funda by cycling along for the first few kilometer. The journey has now begun which means Funda will be traveling on her BerkelBike for three months.