Thursday, 2nd March 2006
Riders for Health, the official charity of MotoGP, will receive a boost to its life-saving work in Africa thanks to a donation of €5000 from Kawasaki MotoGP star Shinya Nakano.
The money was raised at the Japanese GP in 2005, in collaboration with Arlen Ness, with an auction of some limited edition caps featuring the Japanese racer's distinctive helmet design.
"Being a professional rider, I try to help various charities every year," Nakano explained, "When I joined MotoGP, I learnt about Riders for Health. I believe that this charity does many good and important things. That is why, although it is only a small amount, I want to help Riders for Health. I think it is very important that us riders are aware of what is happening in the real world."
Riders for Health works to improve the delivery of health care to remote communities in Africa, by making sure that public health workers have reliable low-cost motorcycles. Nakano's donation is roughly the equivalent of providing a health worker with a motorcycle, protective clothing, and training so that he can deliver regular health services to up to 20,000 people.
"In Africa, a child dies every 30 seconds from malaria, even though a simple mosquito net could mean the difference between life and death," charity co-founder Andrea Coleman pointed out, "That's where motorcycles come in, helping health workers to cross vast distances of hostile terrain to deliver health care to the remote, rural communities who need it most. We are very grateful to Shinya for making such a generous donation, which will help some of Africa's most vulnerable communities look forward to a healthier future."