Thursday, 23 September 2021

Woman to cross Gambia on motorcycle

A WOMAN from Sonning Common is to ride a motorcycle across Gambia for charity.

A WOMAN from Sonning Common is to ride a motorcycle across Gambia for charity.

Elaine Chandler, 43, of Churchill Crescent, is raising money for Riders for Health, a charity whose work includes health education, disease diagnosis, malaria prevention and antenatal and postnatal care across in Africa

The charity’s care workers use motorbikes to get from place to place.

Mrs Chandler said: “I will be joining the charity and riding out to the villages with the care workers to see them in action and some of the other projects they have set up.

“I wanted to challenge myself and this does that in a number of ways. I haven’t ridden a motorbike for at least six years and even then I was not particularly competent or confident.

“I’ve never done any off-road riding or been to Africa before. I just have to make sure I’m fit enough for it.

“I will use the same Yamaha AG200 motorbike as the carers use. A well maintained motorcycle is cheaper to run than a 4x4 and better at covering more challenging terrain.”

Mrs Chandler, who will set off on December 1, has already raised £2,500 for the charity but has set herself a target of £3,125. She is also donating £1,000 to the charity herself.

She has organised a “Club Classics” fund-raising event at Henley Rugby Club tonight (Friday) from 8pm. Entry is £10 and is restricted to over-25s. Music will be provided by Eight Ray Music.

Riders for Heath uses the money to pay for more bikes, so it can continue to reach as many people as possible.

It supports a population of 1.6 million, half of whom live in rural villages. The charity’s care workers cover 190,000km a month.

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