Continue with us to support Riders for Health
In the first year of the partnership, we focused on the Riders for Health’s Gambia programme, providing help to replace and maintain the fleet of Yamaha AG100 motorcycles. These bikes are used to deliver crucial preventative items like bed nets to protect against malaria, as well as enable the running of regular immunisation clinics against various diseases.
In The Gambia, many of these Yamaha AG100s in use are now ageing and in need of urgent replacement. Plus, the Riders for Health workshops and offices need new tools and IT equipment to keep operations running effectively.
To react to their urgent needs, Riders for Health became the title partner of our Yamaha Ténéré World Raid Team to create awareness for their cause. Besides that, Two Wheels for Life, the UK-based fundraising arm of Riders for Health, held a prize draw with the official Yamaha Ténéré World Raid Team bikes of Alessandro Botturi that rode in the 2022 Africa Eco Race, and which we donated as a special prize to raise funds.
Thanks to the support of many Yamaha fans who participated in this prize draw and raised the funds, Riders for Health has been able to purchase 16 new AG100 units. We thank everyone who made this possible!
We continue to focus on the Riders for Health’s Gambia programme as the replacement of their ageing AG100 fleet remains the most urgent matter.
Therefore, this year we will donate 16 AG100 units to Riders for Health to speed up the replacement of the ageing fleet. On top of that, Two Wheels for Life will organise a number of prize draws and/ or auctions with special and exciting Yamaha items that we will donate; among which Yamaha WorldSBK and MXGP special guest passes to various races around Europe.
And of course, Riders for Health remains the title partner of our Yamaha Ténéré World Raid Team who just participated in the Morocco Desert Challenge and will compete again in the Africa Eco Race later this year.
In addition to this, Riders for Health will be/ is on tour with us celebrating our Ténéré 40th Anniversary at various Ténéré Spirit events around Europe.
Make sure you don’t miss out on the various auctions and prize draws!
Check the latest fundraising activities on www.YamahaMotorforRiders.com.
More than 60% of the population in Africa live in rural communities many miles from vital health services, where people have no means of transport other than walking, donkey cart or wheelbarrow.
Often people in these remote communities cannot access the basic health care that many of us would take for granted, such as immunisation for babies, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and care for pregnant women and the elderly.
For more than 30 years, Riders for Health have ensured that doctors, nurses and health professionals can reach communities using reliable transport and are currently running programmes in The Gambia, Lesotho, Malawi and Nigeria.
The terrain in these regions is often difficult with many unsurfaced tracks and even steep, rocky gradients, so motorcycles are often the most suitable vehicle for this task due to their durability and ability to access areas where larger vehicles cannot reach. Riders for Health not only source the most appropriate vehicles, but also offer training, fuel and maintenance services to ensure these vehicles can run safely and efficiently day in day out.
Community health workers with a motorcycle provided by Riders for Health can visit six times more people than they could on foot and having this transport doubles the amount of time they can spend in each village they visit.
© imagery Tom Old