Riders for Health will attend World Economic Forum in Davos

Tuesday, 17 January 2006

Riders for Health will attend World Economic Forum in Davos

The co-founders of Riders for Health – the official charity of MotoGP – will be rubbing shoulders with the likes of Bill Gates and Richard Branson later this month at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Andrea and Barry Coleman, who founded Riders for Health with Randy Mamola 16 years ago, have been invited to attend the WEF Annual General Meeting as members of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurism - an elite global network which is the sister organisation of the WEF.

This year the conference - which is attended by the world's most influential business and development leaders - will focus on the need for a creative approach to global challenges, and the Colemans hope to use this opportunity to raise awareness of the vital need for transport for development in Africa.

Said Andrea Coleman: "The people of Africa are dying of easily-preventable diseases - bubonic plague, malaria, cholera, TB, HIV and Aids. But even low-tech solutions like mosquito nets or health education will not make a difference unless public health workers can reach the remote rural communities who need them. Transport is probably the single most overlooked element in the battle against poverty and ill-health."

"Riders' programmes are models that can be applied anywhere in Africa, by African nationals, to make a sustainable impact on development," she continued. "We are hugely encouraged by this opportunity to place transport for development in the spotlight."

The conference will take place in Davos, Switzerland, from 25th - 29th January.

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