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日期: 2011年2月7日,星期一,下午11:07

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Riders News

February 2011

Headline quicklinks

– Joan Ryan named Riders for Health chair of trustees
– Riders join leaders at World Economic Forum
– Win a Yamaha motorcycle with Riders’ new raffle
– Riders’ New Year’s Resolution video now on YouTube
– Support Kat’s Kilimanjaro climb

Joan Ryan named Riders for Health chair of trustees

Riders for Health are delighted to announce that Joan Ryan has been elected chair of our board of trustees.

As a UK charity regulated by the Charity Commission, Riders for Health has a board of trustees who have the ultimate responsibility for directing the business of the charity. All of Riders for Health’s trustees are volunteers and give their time throughout the year to support the development of the organisation.

Joan began her career as a secondary school teacher in 1984. From 1997 to 2010 she served as a Member of Parliament and spent six years as a member of the Government focussing on health, the home office and foreign affairs. Through her years of political involvement, and interest in foreign affairs, Joan brings great experience to Riders for Health.

Joan Ryan‘I am delighted to have been elected chair of Riders for Health’s board of trustees,’ said Joan. ‘I have a record of involvement in key issues of democracy, human rights, humanitarian relief and healthcare in Africa. Riders is part of that commitment. This is an exciting time of growth for Riders, but we will only succeed if we engender a commitment to our vision of a world in which the poor do not suffer or die for lack of access to health care simply because they are isolated by distance or terrain. I am determined to do all I can to help Riders achieve this goal.’

Joan takes over from previous chair of trustees, Michael McCulloch, who stands down after seven successful years in the role, during a time in which Riders for Health expanded its work greatly.
Andrea Coleman, Riders for Health’s CEO said: ‘I would like to welcome Joan to her new role. Joan has been on our board for several years and has seen the progress that our teams in Africa have been making towards our goal. I am delighted that Joan will be able to take a leading role in the development and growth of the organisation over the coming years. We would also like to express our great thanks to Michael McCulloch whose knowledge, experience and dedication has been vital to Riders for Health during a time of great change.’

Riders join leaders at World Economic Forum

Riders for Health’s co-founders Andrea and Barry Coleman joined world leaders in Davos, Switzerland, as politicians, economists, influential business and development leaders came together for the annual World Economic Forum.

Andrea and Barry ColemanAs well as focusing on global economic and trade issues, the summit is also a chance for leaders to discuss how to address some of the world’s most intractable problems. Andrea and Barry were among the 25 social entrepreneurs invited to attend the Economic Form as members of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneuship – a global network of social entrepreneurs which is the sister organisation of the World Economic Forum.

The social entrepreneurs were able to add their unique insight and explain how, by applying business principles, their innovations are making a real change to development. As well as the chance to meet and influence key policy makers and funders throughout the week, Andrea was invited to speak at several sessions, including giving a presentation on Riders’ work at a session called IdeasLab.

Katherine Milligan, from the Schwab Foundation explains that: ‘The IdeasLab format is ideally suited to our community of “doers” because it allows them to tell their story not just in words, but pictures. A huge screen displays rotating images while each speaker gives their five minute presentation, and as we all know, a picture tells a thousand words. Five social entrepreneurs discussed their strategic objectives and asked participants to collectively problem-solve with them.’

Andrea said: ‘Having the chance to highlight our work at Davos has been very important. One of our key objectives is to raise the issue of the need for reliable transport in the delivery of health care in Africa. Many of the people here at Davos are involved in planning or funding health projects in Africa, so it is essential that they understand the impact that having reliable transport can make, both on efficiency and saving lives.’

Win a Yamaha motorcycle with Riders’ new raffle

Riders for Health will be at the Excel London from 3rd to 6th February for the Carole Nash MCN Motorcycle Show where we will be launching our famous raffle as well as hosting an exclusive charity auction of signed racing memorabilia.

Win a Yamaha XT 660Z TenereRiders for Health are launching a new raffle for 2011 and up for grabs is a brand new XT 660Z Ténéré, generously donated by Yamaha Motor (UK). For your chance to win this fantastic prize – worth £7,000 – come and visit the Riders stand to buy a raffle ticket for just £1.

Lucky fans wanting the chance to leave with something special will also have the chance to bid for exclusive items donated by racing stars, past and present, on Saturday at 3pm on the main stage. Signed leathers, Kidi Moto toys, paddock passes and official team clothing will be on offer to raise money for the official charity of the motorcycling community.

As always, the Riders helmet bus will be in the bike park for you to leave your leathers, helmets and boots for the day for a small donation.

All of the money raised will help us to mobilise more health workers in Africa with motorcycles so that they can reach rural communities with basic health care services. Without reliable vehicles, and Riders’ skilled technicians to maintain them, many isolated communities may never have access to vaccines, drugs or the simple interventions that could save their lives.

Visit www.mcnmotorcycleshow.com for more details.

Riders’ New Year’s Resolution video now on YouTube
January’s Riders News some of our teams from Africa and the UK shared their resolutions for 2011. You can now hear more of their goals by watching our new video on our YouTube channel RidersforHealthTV by clicking here.  

Watch Riders on YouTubeThe new video features women from two local grassroots organisations who partner with Riders. Jane Sigu works for the Society for Women and AIDS in Kenya (SWAK) which recently received eight motorcycles from Riders. Jane hopes to put them to good use by expanding their programme to reach more children who have HIV/AIDS.

Also in the video Emma Howard explains that as well as seeing Riders increase the number of vehicles managed and people reached with vital health care, her other resolutions involved beginning her maternity leave. We are delighted to say that Emma has since given birth to baby Scarlett, so congratulations from all at Riders!

To see more from our team and to find out how we plan to make a difference to thousands of families across rural Africa this year, visit our RidersforHealthTV to watch the video.

Support Kat’s Kilimanjaro climb

At Riders for Health we are always completely amazed by the amount of commitment people show in supporting the lifesaving work of our teams in Africa. That is why some of our team in the UK have decided to take part in their own challenges to support our colleagues in Africa.

In March Kat Harrison, Riders’ monitoring and evaluation manager, will travel to Tanzania where she will climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for Riders for Health.

Mount KilimanjaroAt nearly 6,000 metres, Kilimanjaro is the highest point in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain in the world! It can take up to a week to reach the summit, but Kat will have good company as she is making the trip with her twin sister, Lizz.

Kat and Lizz have set themselves an incredible fundraising target of £1,000. This could provide the running costs to keep a health worker on the road for one whole year, delivering vital health care to rural communities. If you would like to sponsor Kat and Lizz on their marathon climb click here.

‘I can’t wait to start the climb,’ says Kat, ‘I’ve always wanted to climb Kilimanjaro. I know it will be tough but each step I take I’m going to try and remember that millions of women in Africa have to walk miles to access health care and so the amazing support I have received will make a big difference!’

In Tanzania Riders for Health are helping the community based organisation, the Diocese of Masasi to manage eight motorcycles. The health workers are now using the motorcycles to work with traditional birth attendants, set up antenatal clinics and provide health education to local schools.
Now is the perfect time to start planning some fundraising activities of your own this year.

For those wanting to set themselves a challenge, why not sign up for one of our places for Run to the Beat, London’s most popular half-marathon, in September? If climbing a mountain or running a marathon are a step too far, there are lots of other ways to make a difference to thousands of lives in Africa. Email our community fundraiser, Elizabeth, at edunn@riders.org for some more ideas.

To make a donation, or to find out more about how Riders for Health are improving access to health care for rural communities in Africa, visit our website www.riders.org.



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