Millennium Motorcycle Ride

General Press Release
24 September 2000

Round the world motorcyclist appeals for medical aid donations

A motorcyclist has arrived in town to raise funds for medical aid. Simon Milward is riding a handmade motorcycle around the world in an attempt to raise US$100,000 for Médecins Sans Frontières and Riders for Health.

Milward, a Briton, left Europe on 1st January 2000 in this two and a half year charity trek. Australia is country number 20 after he rode through Europe, the Middle East, South Asia and Indonesia. He came to Darwin on a Merpati flight from West Timor on 1st September, escaping marauding pro-Jakarta militants by two days, and rode through the outback to arrive in Sydney for the start of the Olympic Games. He has 20 months and 50 countries to go taking in SE Asia, Siberia, the Americas and Africa.

So far he has raised US$15,000 towards his target mainly en route in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan and Nepal. He hopes to boost the funds raised during his two and a half month Australian leg, having already raised Aus$1000 in NSW. He invites individuals to "share this amazing adventure" by donating Aus$20 and receiving a pin badge and en route email updates. Companies and organisations can donate from Aus$200 and have their logo placed on the high-profile motorcycle and their web page linked from He says that all cash raised will now got to charity and accounts will be audited at the end of the ride in 2002.

En route experiences include meeting the Dalai Lama in North India, a marriage proposal in Cairo, and several potentially serious accidents that could have jeopardised the whole trip. He said "The kindness of the people everywhere has been a real blessing - I was pleasantly surprised in Muslim countries. The diversity of land and cultures is most amazing. Perhaps the most significant thing I've learnt is the potential for motorcycles to save lives in developing countries through using them for primary healthcare delivery. Personally I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to do this thing."


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Notes: Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999 for its humanitarian aid for populations in crisis. Riders for Health provides for a 500% improvement in the delivery rate of primary healthcare in Africa through the use of economical motorcycles.

Simon Milward is 35 years old, single and has lived and worked in Brussels Belgium since 1992 as the General Secretary of the European motorcyclists' rights organisation FEMA. During the ride he hopes to promote global co-ordination of riders group's activities. He is now on sabattical.

The motorcycle make is John T, the model Overlander. The frame is handmade and 90% of the parts and components were donated. It has a huge 45 litre fuel tank and tracking system enabling sponsors to track him on the internet.

Al Mutlaq Enterprises Saudi Arabia $1000
DFI Hydraulics Saudi Arabia $500
Harley Riders Dubai UAE $800
Megarme UAE $100
Shell companies Pakistan $1000
Khyber Electric Pakistan $100
Syakar Honda Nepal $100
Himalayan Broadcasting Nepal $50
FB Price Lawyers Australia $500

Bridge Motorcycles Ltd UK $800
Canadian M/c Assn. Canada $325
Chris & Marty Cartoons Germany $1500
FIM Switzerland $500
Harley Davidson Europe $1500 + extras
JAMA Japan $2500
Motorcycle Loft Hotel Belgium $100
North American M/c UnionUSA $500
Pisces Paint UK $130

DONATIONS IN KIND Approx. Retail value
Carlson Wagonlit UK Visa applications $300
Computech UK Psion 5 mx palmtop $500
Hein Gericke Germany Jacket/pants $500
Katadyn CH Water Filter $300
MAG Insurance UK Insurances $3000
Motorola UK World phone $300
SNCM Ferries Belgium Meditter. Crossing $150
Specsavers UK Spectacles $400
Tympro NL Earplugs $300
Pakistan Intl Air Pakistan Dubai-Karachi $800 discount
Singapore Airlines Singapore Kathmandu-Singapore $300 discount
Merpati Air Indones West Timor-Darwin $700 discount
Gunz Photographic Australia Olympus camera $300

MOTORCYCLE: donations in kind Approx. Retail value
Acerbis Italy petrol tank $500
CCM Motorcycles UK parts/advice $200
D&K Motorcycles UK Engine spares $200
Dellorto UK Carburetta $200
DMS Technologies UK Batteries $200
Goodridge UK Oil cooler, hoses $200
Honda Genuine Parts UK Front End $2500
M&C Motorcycles UK Test engine $500
MD Racing Belgium Bike parts $300
Metzeler Reifen Germany Tyres $4000
Redline Performance Exhausts UK Silencer $200
Scottoiler Ltd Scotland Chain lubricator $400
Simpson Detour UK Headlight unit $200
Sportax UK Tuning advice $100
Talon Engineering UK Wheels/sprockets $800
Touratech Germany computer,t'bag + $800
UFO Plast Italy Bike parts $400

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