Riders for Health review July activity

Friday, 3 August 2007

An open letter from Riders for Health, the official MotoGP charity:

An open letter from Riders for Health, the official MotoGP charity:

Dear friends, colleagues and supporters,

July was a busy month for Riders fundraising team with events around the world giving a vital boost to our work in Africa.

At the USGP at Laguna Seca Riders held the first ever Riders for Health Day, raising £17,000. Participants received full VIP treatment, a tour of the paddock and pit-boxes, lunch with GP legend and Riders co-founder Randy Mamola, as well as a motorcycle tour of 80 miles of beautiful California mountain roads. Our US supporters were also able to experience the excitement of a Riders for Health auction, and meet some of the stars of MotoGP.

Riders also held fundraising events at the German GP at Sachsenring, and at World Ducati Week at Misano providing helmet parking services for the thousands of bike fans at both events. Riders raised just under £12,000 in Germany and over £20,000 at WDW. Also on display at WDW was Ducatis Riders for Health bike, which they use to raise awareness of Riders and our work in Africa.

In the May edition of Riders News we featured the launch of Federico Minolis internet auction. The former CEO and president of Ducati, and Riders trustee, decided to auction off his collection of racing memorabilia that he acquired during his time at Ducati. The auction raised over £12,000 for Riders, which will be used to help the Riders Zimbabwe team expand their work.

This valuable fundraising comes at a key time in Riders development. As well as maintaining our existing programmes in Zimbabwe, Nigeria, the Gambia and Kenya, Riders are in the process of beginning new programmes in Lesotho and Mozambique. The money raised this month will help Riders achieve its goal of reaching another 10 million people with regular healthcare.

The money could also support our work training health workers at our International Academy of Vehicle Management in Harare. Training is such an important part of what Riders does in Africa, as it is the key to providing a sustainable solution to healthcare delivery. By training other local organisations Riders is helping to reach even more people, and to spread knowledge about the importance of looking after vehicles properly, and riding them safely.

The principal of the IAVM, Alfred Gonga, said: It really motivates and gives me a great sense of satisfaction when people come in for training scared and jittery, and at the end of the training they will be enjoying it so much we have to force them off their bike! You can tell what it means to them and the difference it will make to the way they will do their work of helping the needy.
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