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2011年5月9日 星期一,Matthew Hann <mhann@riders.org> 寫道﹕

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主題: Riders News May 2011 – Day of Champions, World Malaria Day, and how you can have dinner with racing legends
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日期: 2011年5月9日,星期一,下午11:19

Riders News


May 2011

Headline Quicklinks

> Last chance to buy exclusive Day of Champions tickets!
> Saving a life doesn’t need a miracle … just getting the answer from A to B
> World Malaria Day
> Have dinner with legends of motorcycle racing
> £7,000 raised at Brighton Marathon
> Get On Africa challenge in Lesotho

Last chance to buy exclusive Day of Champions tickets!

Day of Champions takes place on 9th June before the British MotoGP at Silverstone, and for fans of motorcycle racing it is certain to be one event you cannot miss.


Tickets have been selling fast and there are only a limited number of exclusive paddock pass tickets remaining. Priced at £40 these tickets allow access to the paddock and pit-lane between 10am and 1pm. You will be able to see behind the scenes of world’s premier motorcycle racing series, wander down the pit-lane and see teams tuning-up their bikes ahead of the weekend.

Don’t miss out. To order your tickets today, visit www.riders.org.

Of course, there is also a lot happening outside of the paddock. In the Entertainment Zone there will be stunt shows, live music and interviews. You will also be able to see the stars of MotoGP on stage at the famous Day of Champions auction. With each rider bringing signed personal items to the stage to auction there is also the chance that you could go home with your own piece of MotoGP history.

The first 500 tickets for the Entertainment Zone sold online cost just £12, saving 20% on the normal price.

There is always a fantastic atmosphere at Day of Champions and it is the perfect way to start your British MotoGP weekend and see all of the stars of MotoGP. And most importantly, all of the money raised from the event makes a huge difference to Riders’ lifesaving work in Africa.

So make sure you are part of the fun by buying your ticket today.

For those bike fans who want a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience, Riders for Health are also offering the chance to join Grand Prix legend, Randy Mamola on the two-seat Ducati in front of a race-day crowd. Click here to find out more.

Saving a life doesn’t need a miracle … just getting the answer from A to B
One of the biggest problems faced by people living in rural communities is being correctly and quickly diagnosed. Often the problem is not a lack of health workers, or of equipment in the laboratory, it is simply a matter of having no transport to deliver the samples from the patient to the lab.

Kameko Nichols is Riders for Health’s partnership director and helped to establish our first Sample Transport programme in Lesotho. ‘A swift and reliable diagnosis means that patients can receive the right treatment at the right time,’ she says, ‘and yet in rural Africa, distance and accessibility cause life-threatening delays for patients.’

may11-2.jpgWith the Sample Transport programme, a team of dedicated motorcycle couriers transport blood and sputum samples safely and securely between rural health centres and the district laboratory, making a swift and accurate diagnosis possible.

Riders for Health’s Sample Transport programmes are now helping people like Judith and her son, Happiness, in Zambia. Judith has walked five hours for treatment to a remote health outpost in eastern Zambia. Happiness is very ill – thin, pale, too tired to cry – and his mother is HIV positive.

If Happiness is also HIV positive, starting him on a course of antiretrovirals quickly will mean the chance of him developing AIDS is reduced to just 2 per cent.

Enter Violet Ng’ambi: a Riders sample courier. Violet is a young woman on a mission. Thanks to Violet and her colleagues, the results of Happiness’ blood sample will be tested and the results will be returned in just three days. This means that if Happiness needs it, the health worker will be able to begin treating him immediately.

It costs just £5 to deliver a life-saving diagnosis to someone living in a remote African community – please, will you give a gift today?

World Malaria Day
More than 850,000 people die from malaria every year, mostly young children. Of the 300 million annual cases across the world, 90% occur in Africa.

Tragically, each of these deaths is utterly preventable if you have access to the right precautions or treatment. Without reliable transport, rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa are isolated from the necessary health care by distance and poverty.

may11-3.jpgOn 25th April the world recognised World Malaria Day which aims to renew the international community’s efforts towards achieving the target of zero malaria deaths by 2015.

Riders for Health is helping to reach this target by mobilising health workers like Luka Mukwenya from Zimbabwe. Luka was the subject of our April monthly impact story, which you can read by clicking here.

Environmental Health Technicians, like Luka, prevent and control infectious diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and diarrhoea, but they have a particular focus on malaria. They inspect water, sanitation and the environment in the surrounding areas of villages to prevent outbreaks of the disease. And with a reliable vehicle they can reach remote communities with drugs, bed nets and insecticide sprays to help people lead a healthy, malaria-free life.

Thanks to your support Luka is able to visit five times more villages each week and conduct three times more public health education meetings.

Click here to learn more about World Malaria Day, or click here to make a donation and make a difference to thousands of lives today.

Have dinner with legends of motorcycle racing
Three times World Champion, Kenny Roberts, and British Championship winner, Steve Parrish, will join fellow World Champion, Freddie Spencer, and legendary road racer, Graeme Crosby, at an exclusive dinner in aid of Riders for Health on Friday 8th July, and you can bid for a place to join them!

may11-4.jpgTwo auctions give people the opportunity to bid on joining either Freddie and Graeme or Kenny and Steve for dinner, in what is certain to be an amazing evening.

For you chance to win this once in a lifetime prize, simply visit www.riders.org  and place a bid on the online auction.

 You could soon be asking ‘Fast Freddie’ what it was like to be the youngest ever racer to win a World Championship aged just 20, or how Graeme ‘Kiwi Croz’ tamed the mountain on the Isle of Man to win the famous TT race.

Or why not join Kenny and Steve if you have ever wanted to ask Kenny about the highs and lows of his phenomenal 13 year racing career, or if you want to find out from Steve what he and team mate Barry Sheene got up to when they rode for Suzuki together?

No questions are off limits and most importantly you will be raising money for Riders’ lifesaving work in Africa.

The four highest bidders for each table will be invited to dinner on 8th July near Mallory Park in Leicestershire. Tickets for this special evening cannot be bought anywhere else so you are guaranteed to have a truly exclusive experience. For your chance to win a seat at either table, click here to place a bid.

Freddie and Graeme will be in the UK to attend The Vintage Motorcycle Club’s Festival of a Thousand Bikes at Mallory Park on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th July. Kenny Roberts will be riding an ex-works Yamaha OW60 at the same event, his first public appearance at a UK circuit since 1983.

£7,000 raised at Brighton Marathon
Nine dedicated runners took on the 26 mile coastal challenge of the Brighton Marathon in sweltering temperatures on Sunday 10 April, raising nearly £7,000 for Riders for Health.

may11-5.jpgOn the hottest day of the year so far, 15,000 runners arrived in the picturesque seaside town to run the second biggest marathon in the UK. Among them were nine Riders for Health runners who, between them, raised an incredible £6,936 for our lifesaving work in Africa. And it’s not too late to show your support too. Click here to find out how to support each of our runners.

Marathon newcomer, Beth Bosiak, said: ‘It was my first marathon so, for me, it was something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. It went really well – better than I expected!’

You can find out how all of our runners got on by watching our new video from the day on our YouTube channel, RidersforHealthTV.

In rural Africa, it is common for a health worker to have to walk many miles every single day to reach his or her community with vital health care. Thanks to the support of everyone who helps to fundraise for our work we can mobilise more health workers with reliable vehicles so that they can deliver health care to rural, isolated villages.

To find out how you can get involved in fundraising for Riders for Health, email Elizabeth Dunn in our fundraising team at edunn@riders.org.

Get On Africa challenge in Lesotho
Apr11-3.jpgIn April five celebrities swapped the studio for the saddle when they flew out to visit Riders for Health’s programme in Lesotho. Gethin Jones, Darren Gough, Shobna Gulati, Jill Halfpenny and Oliver Mellor took part in the Get On Africa challenge.

The team put their new off-road skills into action when they flew out to Lesotho to ride to clinics and follow health workers who have been mobilised by Riders for Health and are using motorcycles to deliver health care to isolated communities in Lesotho.

The five saw why motorcycles are perfect for delivering health care in Lesotho. Lesotho is extremely mountainous and the roads connecting villages are often little more than rocky tracks. They are also raising money to support the work of Riders for Health in Africa, if you would like to support them, visit their Just Giving page by clicking here.

You can find out more about the ride by visiting the Get On website by clicking here. You can also watch all the videos taken during the trip by visiting Riders for Health’s Facebook page.

Development News

Get On Africa challenge in Lesotho

Lakshmi Karan – notes from the Skoll World Forum

Impact story of the month

Events News

Win dinner with Kenny Roberts and Steve Parrish

Bike legends back Riders For Health

Supporters News

School girl raises over £500 for Riders for Health

Runners raise nearly £7,000 at Brighton Marathon

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