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Riders for Health’s Andrea Coleman wins Women of the Year award

Riders for Health’s Andrea Coleman wins Women of the Year award

Andrea Coleman, co-founder and CEO of Official MotoGP™ Charity Riders for Health, has been named as a winner of the Women of the Year award.

At an invite-only lunch in London on Monday, the award was presented in front of 400 guests, with Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, President of Women of the Year, describing Coleman as ‘a very worth and inspiration recipient’.

"Riders for Health has improved access to regular health care for millions of people across Africa," Baroness Kennedy QC commented. "Through sheer hard work and determination, she has translated her life-long passion as a motorcyclist into a successful award-winning programme in sub-Saharan Africa."

Riders for Health was founded in 1990 by Andrea and her husband, journalist Barry Coleman, with inspiration from racer Randy Mamola with whom she worked and experienced the problems faced in delivering health care in Africa. Coming from a motorcycling family - her father was AMC development engineer Jack and her brother top racer and designer Peter Williams - she raced herself and was first married to Irish star Tom Herron, tragically killed on the 1979 North West 200.

"I cannot describe how it feels to be named one of the ‘Women of the Year.’," Coleman said delightedly. "Women living in isolated, rural Africa are trapped by ill health, poverty and distance. They can never even dream that what they do will ever be seen, let alone recognised. I am lucky. I have had that opportunity.

"Riders for Health makes sure that the heroes of health care - the front line health workers - use well managed motor cycles to reach millions of people with the health care they need, reliably and predictably."

Riders for Health employs 400 people and operates 1,700 vehicles in seven African countries, transforming health care for 14 million people. Mobilised health care workers can reach six times as many people as those on foot. Funding comes from events like Silverstone's Day of Champions, the Gates Foundation and other major institutions.

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