Millennium Motorcycle Ride

Press Release
26 April 2004


Motorcycle Outreach revs up with 501(c)(3) status

Mixing motorcycles with malaria control and midwifery gets a green light from US tax authorities. The USA’s Internal Revenue Service ruled that Motorcycle Outreach (MOR) officially qualifies as a 501(c)(3) in a letter dated 24th March 2004. This means that donations made in the USA are tax deductible and opens the door for official project funding.

MOR promotes motorcycle solutions in the delivery of basic health services for mothers and babies in the world’s developing areas. It was formed in Ohio USA in 1992 by Robert Rasor, Timothy Owens and Simon Milward. Resulting from North American donations in 2001/2, it supports the non governmental organization Health for All. This initiative manages 12 Yamaha 115s used by ministry health workers to serve 55 villages on the remote Indonesian island of Flores.

Simon Milward said, “I am very proud to work with fellow motorcyclists and institutions in the USA to bring this great and needed service to fellow human beings.”

MOR is now positioned to bridge the sustainability gap by bringing motorcycles and/or maintenance systems to needy areas. A new Latin American initiative called Motos Pro Salud (Motorcycles Pro Health) is being launched this year with potential projects in northern Argentina, Ecuador, southern Mexico and Paraguay. The Latin initiative will be based on the highly successful African system run by Riders for Health who will train Latinos in 2004. MOR also expects to promote investment in a new fleet of motorcycle taxis in Flores Indonesia which will sustain the existing 12 health motorcycles.

Meanwhile last week the Ducati Owners Club in Melbourne Australia pledged the cost of one motorcycle plus three years’ maintenance for the Ecuador project coordinated by Ricardo Rocco in Quito. Milward commented, “The Ducati Club donation sets a new standard and a good example for the likes of the World Bank, which acts as though vehicles run themselves.”*

MOR welcomes other clubs, businesses and associations interested in sponsoring motorcycles and maintenance together for projects in Ecuador and Paraguay.




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