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Riders for Health to undertake week of 10th birthday celebrations

Riders for Health to undertake week of 10th birthday celebrations

Riders for Health to undertake week of 10th birthday celebrations

25th - 29th September 2006 sees the first ever Riders Week - five days of celebrations to mark Riders for Health's 10th birthday as an independent organisation. The group are inviting all their supporters around the world to help them mark the achievement, with a series of celebrations.

Riders for Health will make the most of this milestone by highlighting the fact that millions of people are dying needlessly, simply because there is little or no transport to reach them with the medication and education needed to prevent disease.

"Riders Week" will to show the charity's achievements to date and illustrate how to ‘make the 10th year count' by boosting funds to expand the life-saving work in Africa. Riders will kick-start the week by bringing together a host of VIP supporters for a special afternoon tea with its patron, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. The event, to be held at the exclusive Hurlingham Club in London on Monday 25th September, will see supporters from the worlds of motorcycling, international development and even rock music uniting to raise awareness of the vital role of transport in tackling diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.

In her address to guests, the Princess will take the opportunity to drive home the link between lack of transportation and lack of development. Every year billions of dollars are committed to the war against polio, malaria, tuberculosis, AIDS and other killer diseases, but without dependable vehicles, health professionals simply cannot deliver the mosquito nets, vaccines and health education to the communities who need them.

Riders was founded from their kitchen table by husband-and-wife team Barry and Andrea Coleman, with backing from motorcycle-racing legend Randy Mamola. The organisation began working in Africa in the mid-1980s and was registered as an independent charity in 1996. Its specialist transport management system now enables healthworkers to deliver regular healthcare to over 10.8 million people in the Gambia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania.

Said co-founder and joint chief executive Andrea Coleman: "The drugs, healthcare and services are available to save lives in Africa, but they usually fail to reach the people who need them simply because of lack of transport. Lives are lost and money and other vital resources wasted. This aspect of development is consistently overlooked. Not at Riders! We have a practical and effective solution. Have the satisfaction of knowing that any birthday gift to Riders will go a long, long way in Africa."

Riders is urging every biker in the UK to take part in ‘Riders Week', culminating with The Big Riders Birthday Bash on Friday September 29th when people can hold their own ‘birthday party' to help support the cause. For more information and a free fundraising pack, contact Riders for Health on 01327 300047 or see the Riders Week pages on the charity's website at

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