Women’s International Motorcycling Association (WIMA) elects Motorcycle Outreach as its nominated charity

 

Motorcycle Outreach (MoR) has been voted the official charity of the Women’s International Motorcycle Association (WIMA) at its 2014 annual rally, held this year in Zakopane Poland.  The Presidents of the 15 nations present at the AGM have taken on the task of raising £6000 for MoR’s latest project “Build A Bike”.

When this sum is raised, a motorcycle will be bought for Cinterandes, an established NGO in Ecuador, headed by the renowned surgeon Dr Edgar Rodas. Cinterandes operates a fully kitted-out operating theatre in a truck which reaches out to remote villages in the Andes and lowlands of rural Ecuador.  The WIMA funded motorcycle will offer Cinterandes the cost-effective possibility of providing much needed pre- and post-operative visits by health workers, which will particularly benefit women and children who are less able to travel to find health care.  The motorcycle will be locally sourced and the money will also provide for maintenance for 3 years (using the Motorcycle Outreach pro-active maintenance approach) .  The fund will also pay for rider training and protective clothing for the health worker rider.

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WIMA has a track record of successful charity fund raising, having already raised £35,000 for the WIMA India Street Kids Project. Members were also actively involved in Motorcycle Outreach’s innovative “Precious Cargo” fund-raising project which created the world’s longest signed scroll. The scroll travelled round hospitals in the UK in 2013, collecting signatures and donations totalling over £17,000 for the charity.

Motorcycle Outreach will match fund a second motorcycle for Cinterandes and is actively sourcing other projects around the world that will benefit from one or two bikes sponsored via the “Build a Bike” initiative.

This low cost, high impact approach allows organisations such as clubs and societies, or even small groups of friends, to sponsor a motorcycle and receive feedback directly from the beneficiaries in the field.  The direct engagement provides donors with a high level of transparency on how their money is spent and the positive outcomes it delivers.

For further details on “Build a Bike” , contact Ron on ron@motorcycleoutreach.org

Ron Common appointed to Trustee Board

Ron Common
Ron Common

“Motorcycle Outreach is pleased to announce that Ron Common, previously a Supply Chain Director at train builder, Bombardier Transportation Ltd , has been appointed to the charity’s Trustee Board. Ron is a life-long motorcycle enthusiast and brings with him over 25 years of supply chain and project management experience in the field of vehicle maintenance.

Ron said “ I am very excited to be joining Motorcycle Outreach as a trustee and continuing my active involvement with this mission that I feel so passionately about. Motorcycle Outreach has a proven, simple and cost effective solution to the problem of getting healthcare reliably delivered to people living in remote areas of developing countries. On the international stage, the United Nations is calling for more to be done to improve maternal care and reduce child mortality (MDG 4 & 5) in the developing nations. I am sure that I can use my business skills to help Motorcycle Outreach play its part in responding to that call”.

2013 Plans

We are currently revising our strategy and plans for 2013, so that we can create more impact through broadening the number of projects in developing countries that MoR supports. Watch this space for further news!