Our new partnership with the UK Midwives reached new heights this week as we attended the International Confederation of Midwives 4 day -Triennial Congress in Prague . In recognition of the success of the “Precious Cargo” project, created jointly with the UK Student Midwives, we received a personal invitation from Frances Day Stirk , ICM President, to present the initiative to the Congress.
We sent 3 student midwife volunteers to Prague to present how the project was created and to promote the idea to other countries.
In addition to managing our stand , where donations and signatures for the scroll were collected from over 1000 midwives from around the world , our trio of “ambassadors” presented a 3 minute promotional video of the project during the ICM President’s Symposium with student midwives. 500 attended the presentation and the Precious Cargo initiative was incredibly well received.
Click on the link to see our fantastic video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oaLoOMMVrA
The highlight of the event was the unfurling of the scroll in front of the full audience of the Congress at the closing ceremony. The ICM presenter gave a wonderful introduction to the project and the mission of Motorcycle Outreach. He then invited our volunteers to unfurl the scroll. Our team was joined by the President of the Royal College of Midwives and the RCM’s Director of England.
Several international Midwife Association representatives have expressed interest in running their own Precious Cargo project and these will be followed up in the coming weeks.
Canada is hosting the next Triennial Congress and the country representative was so impressed with the Precious Cargo intiative , we have been invited to attend the event in Toronto in 2017!
Our ambition to send our Precious Cargo “scroll” on a global journey has begun…and what a wonderful way to do it!
Motorcycle Outreach was, once again, represented at the Horizons Unlimited event , held for the first time at Donington Park (29th May –1st June 2013). The change of venue from Ripley to the larger Donington site proved to be a success (with a few lessons learned along the way) and it was interesting to see the event broadened to include all forms of adventure travel ie 4 x 4 s and bicycles in addition to motorcycles.
There were more trade shows for people to see as well as the usual array of fascinating presentations and events. Even the weather came good in the end.
With a new marquee, promotion banners and flyers produced just in time for the event, plus the usual attraction of Simon Milward’s overlander bike, the team (Ron, Craig, Barbara plus Ellen and Keith) managed to do some fantastic networking and make some valuable new contacts. As usual , Simon’s bike attracted lots of attention with some of its design features causing a few scratched heads. (No-one has yet worked out the purpose of the steering damper welded to the rear rack!)
The purpose of the event for us this year was to raise awareness and we’d like to thank Sam Manicom and Ian Harper , the HU event organisers, for their continued support for our charity by providing us with a free pitch , Andy at Magnum Offset Litho Ltd, for his graphic design support on our new promotion materials, Sam Manicom, Tiffany Coates and Paddy Tyson for their supportive testimonials, and Keith and Ellen for their help on the stand.
Thank you also to all those who visited our stand and please do keep in touch. We’d love to hear from you.
Thanks to all the Motorcycle Outreach supporters who showed up at our stand at the recent Touratech event.
Horizonsunlimited.com is THE overland travellers website and offers a wealth of information about all aspects of overland travel. HU travellers meetings are held all over the world and at the 2008 UK event, MoR’s Craig Carey-Clinch and Barbara Alam were delighted to learn that MoR had been selected as the HU charity for the event. Nearly 600 GBP was raised during the weekend through individual donations and a raffle.
Motorcycle Outreach is delighted to announce that Actor Eric Richard has agreed to help support MoR in 2008.
Eric is well known for his role in the UK TV show ‘The Bill’, but he is also a leading figure on the UK motorcycle scene and is also no stranger to trans continental motorcycle travel. Last year Eric completed a North American journey on his BMW R1200GS Adventure before joining leading motorcycle travel and adventure company, GlobeBusters, for the Central American section of their Trans America Expedition.
Last weekend, Eric joined the MoR team at the Bikesafe motorcycle event in London, England, to support the MoR stand and help raise awareness of its work in Indonesia. MoR currently provides 14 motorcycles for use by healthcare workers in remote rural areas of the island of Flores.
Eric commented; “Using motorcycles for healthcare work in areas, where roads or either poor or non existent, is really the only way of getting the job done. I am very pleased to be supporting Motorcycle Outreach in 2008 and helping them to raise awareness of an often forgotten part of healthcare work in developing countries; providing practical transport so that nurses and healthcare workers can actually do their job.”
In 2008, MoR plans to further consolidate activities in Indonesia, which will include replacing some of the older 110cc and 125cc motorcycles which are reaching the end of their service life. In addition, MoR hopes to start funding specific motorcycle based projects in other developing countries.
Using motorcycles for primary healthcare is fantastic value for money, but it still costs around Â£12,000 a year to provide very basic logistics services for one healthcare district in a country like Indonesia. Eric Richard is appealing for public support and funding to help support MoR’s work.
More info about the show at the Bikesafe website
If you’re at the show drop by to see us. We’re at Stand 3K45 in Hall 3a
While you’re here you can enter a raffle for a sleeping bag courtesy of our supporters at Cotswold Outdoor Company.
Details of opening times and directions are all on their website.