Honda join Africa Health Campaign

Wednesday, 17 September 2003

Honda join Africa Health Campaign

The Honda Motor Company have joined the campaign to combat ill health in Africa by making an unprecedented donation of 75 motorcycles to be used by health workers in their mission to reach the continent's most remote communities. In attendance at the recent presentation within the MotoGP paddock was HRC president Suguru Kanazawa and RFH representative Randy Mamola. Mamola accepted the kind gesture on behalf of the organisation. The donation has been made to Riders for Health dedicated to the task of ensuring completely reliable and appropriate mechanical transport for health service delivery in Africa.

"Riders for Health has gone from strength to strength as a result of the amazing commitment of MotoGP and I cannot over-emphasise the importance of Honda's contribution at this stage in our development," said Riders' chief executive, Andrea Coleman. "Now that we have a reliable maintenance system in place, these motorcycles will enable health workers to bring primary health care to about 20,000 people each – that's around one and a half million people."

Riders for Health, which has its origins in the field of motorcycle sport, is already supported by the Italian manufacturer, Ducati, who warmly welcomed Honda's commitment. "We are fierce rivals on the race-track," said Ducati's president, Federico Minoli, "but we are comrades and partners in the much more important fight against poverty and ill-health in Africa."
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