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Riders for Health start fundraising year at Alexandra Palace

Riders for Health start fundraising year at Alexandra Palace

The motorcycling community gets its first chance to help out Riders for Health in 2005 at the London Motorcycle Show at Alexandra Palace, London, this week.

As thousands of bike fans flock to the for the bikes, the babes and the bargains, Riders for Health – the official charity of MotoGP – is taking the opportunity to get its 2005 fundraising off to a flying start with its own stand. Visitors to the show will be able to enter a special raffle for a Ducati 999, with tickets costing just £1 each, and leave their helmets to be looked after at the Riders for Health cloakroom at a cost of £2, which will allow a Riders motorcycle to run for 20 miles, taking vital healthcare to those who so desperately need it. Enthusiasts can also make it a day to remember at the Riders charity auction on Sunday 6th February, with lots including a day at the Niall Mackenzie race school at Knockhill, two World Superbike season passes valid for every round, a pair of Assen MotoGP VIP passes and a day at the Ron Haslam race school at Donington. Throughout the show, staff and volunteers will also be on the stand to explain exactly what Riders does to help improve medical services for people in Africa, and how you can help, so if anyone has any questions they are welcome to go and have a chat. Last year Riders raised just over £7000 at ‘Ally Pally', enough to pay for two health workers to attend a Riders for Health training course in safe riding and basic maintenance, and pay for their complete sets of protective clothing, cover the running costs of their bikes for twelve months and provide technical support from both Riders' African teams and the UK office. As a result, over 40,000 people living in remote, impoverished communities have received basic preventive healthcare to give them back the strength to care for their families, grow more crops and break the stranglehold of poverty on their lives. Says Riders co-founder, chief executive and ex-motorcycle racer Andrea Coleman: "The help of motorcyclists over the years has, and is, taking thousands of people out of poverty, and we truly value the help that motorcyclists have given to us."

MotoGP, 2005

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