130 Tiger 800 riders from 20 countries around the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Brazil, USA, Canada, UK & Europe have raised over £1500 for Motorcycle Outreach in just 12 weeks.
The group, all members of the Tiger 800 Forum, ran a photo competition of owners’ bikes in different parts of the world throughout last summer. The best photos (of over 200 submitted) were selected to produce a 2013 calendar and 200 copies were sold and distributed to members all over the world between November and January.
With over 26,000 hits on the forum the project proved to be highly popular among the international Triumph community. It also demonstrates that with just a little effort, motorcycle groups can create a sense of community across international boundaries , raise money for good causes and generate a positive public image for motorcycling.
A representative from the group formally presented the cheque to Craig Carey-Clinch, Director of Motorcycle Outreach on the Triumph stand at the MCN & Carole Nash bike show on Friday, 15th February 2013.
Sam Manicom, the well-known adventure motorcyclist and long-time supporter of Motorcycle Outreach, attended the presentation.
Motorcycle Outreach works with Health Ministries and local projects in developing countries to provide properly managed and maintained motorcycles for use by healthcare workers. This enables mobile teams to provide health care to people living in remote villages where road access is poor.
The money raised will be used to buy a new motorcycle for the charity’s project in Indonesia where the mobile health care team supports over 50,000 people living in remote villages on the island of Flores.
Craig Carey-Clinch said: “Motorcycle Outreach is delighted with the donation from the Tiger 800 Forum. Among our other activities this year, we are hoping to replace the motorcycles that are used by heath care workers in Flores, Indonesia and the donation will really help towards this. The existing bikes have been in use for over ten years, which shows the value of managing vehicles used in aid projects properly. We are also extremely grateful to Triumph Motorcycles who hosted the presentation on their show stand.”