Harley Davidson fundraise to support Riders for Health

HOG members support their fellow motorcycle riders in The Gambia with their '21 Great Relay.

The Great Relay ’21 , organised by Harley-Davidson Owners Group (H.O.G) has raised an incredible €57,478 (£49,126) with 40,000 riders taking part in the relay.

The fundraising ride journeying through 16 countries on a Harley-Davidson® Pan AmericaTM, uniting the European H.O.G. community, with many more members and followers providing much-needed support, visibility and donations for the fundraising campaign.

Now, that money is being put to good use, with 10 brand new motorcycles shipped to The Gambia and the remaining funds set aside to provide support services for the programme.

Che Jallow, Programme Director of Riders for Health The Gambia has confirmed that the bikes have now been assigned to two sets of health professionals. Firstly, Public and Environmental Health Officers based in health centres, who are responsible for environmental health and sanitation matters, health promotion and hygiene in schools and villages, disease surveillance, immunisation, malaria prevention activities and registration of births and deaths. Secondly, Community Health Nurses who support the Officers, attend village clinics and supervise volunteer Village Health Workers, who are essentially doctors, and Traditional Birth Attendants, who are midwives.

“The bikes will be incredibly valuable,” enthuses Two Wheels for Life’s Zoë Herron Coleman. “Based in Basse, six hours’ drive from The Gambia’s capital, they will be used by these community health workers who work in the furthest reaches of the country, bringing health services to very remote villages that are only accessible by dirt tracks.

“With motorcycles, health workers can spend double the time in communities where they regularly provide post-natal services, bring education and preventative measures such as mosquito nets, provide guidance on how to prevent the transmission of disease, and refer patients for tests and much more.”

See film of the handover event from GRTS TV (Gambian Radio and Television Service).

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