People living in rural areas of Africa often struggle to access vital services.
Around 75% of maternal deaths can be avoided through timely access to vital childbirth-related care, so the provision of simple but much needed solutions such as bicycle ambulances can make a huge difference.
Following a successful golf event last year, the Rotary Club of Canterbury Sunrise was, with the additional help of a District Grant, able to support the charity Transaid with a donation of £1500.
The money has been earmarked to provide three bicycle ambulances in rural Africa, one of the successful and sustainable transport related programmes operated by Transaid.
Having received the Rotary donation, Transaid was then able to apply match funding from a corporate donor, doubling the amount to £3000.
Each bicycle ambulance costs Transaid £500, so with the help of Rotary District 1120, which covers Kent, East Sussex and Gibraltar, the subsequent corporate match funding to Canterbury Sunrise’s initial fundraiser was multiplied several times.
Pictured is Past President of Canterbury Sunrise, Berin Riley, handing over the donation at Transaid’s London HQ to Florence Bearman, who initially provided a presentation to the Kent club detailing the charity’s work.
Florence and her team are keen to demonstrate Transaid’s work to any Rotary clubs who might be interested.