Dia de los Campeones raises €20,000 for Riders for Health

Friday, 16 November 2012

Fans and stars of MotoGP™ came together on Thursday 8th of November, before the final race of the 2012 season at Valencia and helped raise an incredible €20,000 for Riders for Health.

As the official charity of MotoGP, Riders is lucky to have supporters all over the world helping to raise funds for our life saving work in Africa. Day of Champions in Valencia, run by our Spanish volunteers, is one example of how the motorcycling community regularly comes together to support Riders.

The day was filled with excitement as fans experienced behind the scenes of MotoGP as they visited the pit-lane to see teams gearing up for the final race of the season. To top it all off, some were even lucky enough to collect autographs from their favourite MotoGP riders.

Special ticket holders were also able to bring their bikes and complete three laps of the Valencia Ricardo Tormo Circuit. 

The highlight of the day was a live auction of signed racing memorabilia donated by some of the top MotoGP riders who appeared on stage to entertain the crowd and help raise money for Riders. Spanish MotoGP star, Alvaro Bautista, also talked about his off-road motorcycle adventure with Riders for Health in Zambia last year, Experience Africa, where he had the chance to travel across the country and witness the inspiring work being done by Riders.

The money raised at Day of Champions in Valencia will help Riders ensure that more health workers in Africa have the reliable transport they need to deliver health care to everyone who needs it, no matter where they live.

Andrea Coleman, CEO of Riders for Health said "Over the years, the motorcycling community has helped us improve access to health care for over 12 million people in Africa. Our deepest thanks to MotoGP, our Spanish volunteers and everyone who helped to make this annual event a success. The money raised will help us get many more health workers on the road in Africa so that they can reach even the most isolated communities with life-saving health care."

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