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

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