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 www.millennium-ride.com. 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."
Tel: + 61 2 9833 7794
Fax: + 61 2 9833 7795
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.
|CHARITY APPEAL DONATIONS EN ROUTE STARTING 1.1.2000|
|Al Mutlaq Enterprises||Saudi Arabia||$1000|
|DFI Hydraulics||Saudi Arabia||$500|
|Harley Riders Dubai||UAE||$800|
|FB Price Lawyers||Australia||$500|
|CHARITY APPEAL DONATIONS BEFORE DEPARTURE|
|Bridge Motorcycles Ltd||UK||$800|
|Canadian M/c Assn.||Canada||$325|
|Chris & Marty Cartoons||Germany||$1500|
|Harley Davidson||Europe||$1500 + extras|
|Motorcycle Loft Hotel||Belgium||$100|
|North American M/c Union||USA||$500|
|DONATIONS IN KIND||Approx. Retail value|
|Carlson Wagonlit||UK||Visa applications||$300|
|Computech||UK||Psion 5 mx palmtop||$500|
|SNCM Ferries||Belgium||Meditter. Crossing||$150|
|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|
|D&K Motorcycles||UK||Engine spares||$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|
|Redline Performance Exhausts||UK||Silencer||$200|
|Scottoiler Ltd||Scotland||Chain lubricator||$400|
|Simpson Detour||UK||Headlight unit||$200|
|UFO Plast||Italy||Bike parts||$400|
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