Virgin Atlantic Help Deliver Vital Medical Support to Kenyan Communities

Sir Richard Branson, President of Virgin Atlantic, today delivered the first batch of motorcycles that will help to bring much-needed medical support to small villages and communities in Kenya and throughout Africa.The money for the motorcycles was raised by customers contributing to Virgin Atlantic’s onboard charity appeal and by staff who took part in a wide range of fundraising events over the past year. The money was then donated to support the work of the charity Riders for Health, which was selected by Virgin Group’s charitable arm Virgin Unite. Riders for Health has been working in Africa for 17 years and will buy and maintain the motorcycles.The motorcycles will enable a team of healthcare workers to provide rural communities with improved access to essential drugs and basic health services. Many of the suffering who need help live in remote areas and are often many miles away from the closest hospital or clinic. Each mobile health worker could potentially reach thousands of people each year, offering health education messages as well as vital medicines.Delivering the first of the 31 motorcycles in Kenya, Sir Richard was joined by two of the world’s most famous bikers ? actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman ? who are themselves currently raising money for Riders for Health through their own iconic adventure, traveling the Long Way Down through Europe and Africa.Source: