Motorcycles As Lifelines In Africa

There is a businessman I admire very much. Sir Richard Branson, President of Virgin Atlantic. Yesterday, he delivered the first batch of motorcycles that will help to bring much-needed medical support to small villages and communities in Kenya and throughout Africa. The money for the motorcycles was raised by customers contributing to Virgin Atlantic’s onboard charity appeal and by staff who took part in a wide range of fundraising events over the past year. The money was then donated to support the work of the charity “Riders for Health” which was selected by Virgin Group’s charitable arm Virgin Unite. “Riders for Health” has been working in Africa for 17 years and will buy and maintain the motorcycles. The motorcycles will enable a team of healthcare workers to provide rural communities with improved access to essential drugs and basic health services. Because many of the suffering who need help live in remote areas and are often many miles away from the closest hospital or clinic, these bikes will enable healthcare to get to the remotest of areas, quicker than it might otherwise. Each mobile health worker could potentially reach thousands of people each year, offering health education messages as well as vital medicines. The first 31 motorcycles provided are Honda C10’s which have been kindly assembled locally by Marshalls Ltd, the Honda agent for Nairobi.

4 Responses to “Motorcycles As Lifelines In Africa”

  1. 1 Curt! Jun 5th, 2007 at 5:10 pm

    Thank You, Sir Richard. I just love it when people with energy and money do something worthwhile in this world for people less fortunate. Sure wish more of the world’s wealthy felt the same way. The CMA has a program to put ministers on bikes like these to service the “spiritual needs” of residents in these remote villages.

  2. 2 goldiron Jun 6th, 2007 at 5:56 am

    While slots are going fast, exclusive passes are still available for motorcycle racing fans to join a unique opportunity to become an insider in the MotoGP World Championship paddock and enjoy a day that any motorcycle fan would envy during the first Riders For Health Day at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Thursday, July 19.
    Three-time World Champion and Monterey resident Wayne Rainey, motorcycling legend Randy Mamola, and other superstars past and present are scheduled to meet and greet fans and supporters during the day’s activities. Among the highlights include a motorcycle rally through the scenic Central California countryside, parade laps around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, and pit and paddock tours.
    Nearly 150,000 people will attend the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix July 20-22, but thanks to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Riders for Health 100 fans will take part in this amazing day, supporting the official charity of the MotoGP World Championship and the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM).

    Born out of the world of motorcycle racing, Riders for Health provides healthcare workers in Africa with access to reliable motorcycles and the means to maintain those bikes so they can reach even remote villages with the kind of regular, reliable health care that most of the world takes for granted.
    These limited edition Riders for Health Day tickets are available for $500 with all proceeds going to the charity. This special ticket includes:
    • A morning motorcycle tour of scenic Central California through Carmel Valley and Monterey’s up-and-coming wine country
    • Lunch in the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca paddock
    • An exclusive tour
    • A three lap parade ride around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, including the Corkscrew
    • Chances to meet MotoGP riders past and present, including Grand Prix legend Randy Mamola and Wayne Rainey
    • An auction of exclusive racing memorabilia, including memorabilia from World Champion Nicky Hayden

    Those who purchase a ticket but don’t wish to ride a motorcycle will be given a shuttle tour of Carmel Valley, including wine tasting stops along the way and a tour on-track of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
    The general public will be invited to the live auction including race memorabilia, which will begin at 4pm. Admission to the auction will be free. More details on the auction, including items available, will be released at a later date.
    To purchase a ticket for Riders For Health Day, call the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca ticket office at 1-800-327-SECA. The Riders For Health Day ticket does not include admission to the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix.

  3. 3 Nicker Jun 7th, 2007 at 2:22 am

    And the point of the picture…?

    A modest size rock, catches the left heel, rotating the body forward. Catching his stomach on the handle bars, his head hits the front wheel, snapping his jaw shut, just in time to cut off his tongue.

  4. 4 Phil Jun 7th, 2007 at 9:33 am

    Bravo Sir Richard! I know something of Africa and this was a grand idea.

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