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I am in the process of finalising a UK wide charity ride ( in aid of Motorcycle Outreach) . The XRV forum has the privilege of advanced notice before the official launch at the end of the month. If you like the sound of it, or have ideas to add , then please feel free to express your interest either here or by PM.

The basic idea is this...

Motorcycle Outreach has joined forces with SMNET (the worlds largest group of student midwives) to send a scroll around the world collecting as many signatures as possible .

The first leg of the journey will be the UK and the scroll will follow a route that links 55 hospitals in England, Scotland and Wales. (the hospitals tend to be close to the universities where the students are based).

The fun bit is that scroll will be transported from hospital to hospital and city to city by bikers up and down the country.

Any bikers that take part will also be invited to sign the scroll.

The Student midwives will organise fund-raising events and donations will be made via a donations website.

The scroll will have its borders decorated along its length by children who are in hospital being treated for serious illnesses/conditions.

Once the UK leg has been completed , the same process will be replicated in at least 40 other countries around the world.

An application has been made to Guinness World Records for a record attempt at the most signatures on a single document

The UK leg will commence from Hampton Court Palace, London at the beginning of September 2013. The tour will visit most major regions of the UK and is expected to take up to 2 months to complete.

We will be inviting bikers around the country to transport the scroll between the hospitals in their region to ensure its safe passage. (Dates and times to be published soon but transfers will be every 24 hours to ensure the UK tour is completed in 60 days) .

The project name is " Precious Cargo"

The benefit of this charity run is that riders can join in when it is in their region - plus there will be a warm welcome from some nurses on arrival (Always a pleasure
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Its going to be fun, and we may even create a world record in the process


Here's a map of the likely places the scroll will visit.




Here's a photo of a previous scroll that went around the world. It raised £15,000. Ours will be wider to allow for the pictures drawn by the kids in the UK Children's hospitals.




Its going to be a mega event. Ride magazine and Motorcycle News are interested.

If you would like to participate , please let me know.
 

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All bikers are invited to join the ride when the scroll comes to their area. The more the merrier.:thumbright:
 

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Why Motorcycle Outreach and SMNET?

Motorcycle Outreach is a UK based (non profit ) charity run by a small group of part time volunteers (mainly bikers). Its aim is to provide motorcycles (and maintenance support) to health workers (midwives, nurses etc) in developing countries to enable them to reach people living in remote areas.

Many women and children in the poorer regions of developing countries die needlessly due to their remoteness from a health centre and lack of transport. Motorcycles are often the ideal transport solution where the roads are poor or non-existent. A mobilised health worker can deliver a fast and reliable service to people living in outreach locations.

The charity supports a project in Indonesia , established in 2001. It has won awards for it's innovative approach and contribution to improved health care in the East Flores region. A fleet of 12 Yamaha 115's are used to help deliver health care to up to 50,000 people living in 31 villages.

SMNET is the world's largest education-based on line midwifery community with over 45,000 members . Its aim is to provide support and education to student midwives, midwives and those thinking of entering the midwifery profession. The SMNET community has agreed to join forces with Motorcycle Outreach to help raise funds to expand its mission and establish more projects around the world.

We believe that Motorcyclists and Midwives can create a formidable force for good in the world.....and have some fun in the process!
 

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Sounds like a great project. I'd love to be involved in the stretch(es) around the Leicester area. :)
 

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Sounds a very worthwhile cause to support. I'll happily join in for Devon, if nothing else pre-arranged to prevent it.
 

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Great. Appreciate your support.

Route planning will evolve this month as we get to know which hospitals will be participating. (We also want to allow scope to make the odd detour as the word gets out). A full route including locations, timings, etc will be posted as soon as it is finalised.
 

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If any XRV forum members are interested in taking part when the scroll comes to your area, please feel free to express your interest on this thread.

We will need groups of riders to courier the scroll from one hospital to the next for each of the 55 legs of the UK journey. The transfers will be one or two per day maximum . During weekday transfers, they will be completed early evening to allow people to join the ride after work.
 

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Hi There,

I would love to get involved in this, I am in the South West UK Exeter area. Please get back to me if I can be of assistance. :-D

Adam.
 

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Looks like we're getting us a team, then :thumbup:
 

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Ron, anything happening on this?
 

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So sorry for the delay in responding. Have been absolutely flat out organising the Precious Cargo UK tour .

We launched the project from Hampton Court Palace last Saturday. The 20 metre scroll has had its first week (of 10) and made 3 hospital stops so far. We've raised about £1000 and collected around 250 signatures on the Precious Cargo "scroll".

Best way to catch up on where things are at is to read the last couple of blogs on the website. Precious Cargo

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help with transporting the scroll. In the end, the Blood bikers volunteered to manage the whole route and so are acting as our official couriers for the scroll, but anyone can join in. This made life a lot easier for us given the complicated logisitics.

To join in any of the legs simple check out the schedule of visits on the website (www.precious-cargo.org).

For precise details of meeting times mail me on [email protected] but generally , the scroll is collected at 6pm then transferred to the next hospital on the route by around 8pm. This is because the riders have day jobs too. You will see that the scroll stays in each location for 2 days normally.

Its done the south east and south already and is now in Gloucester. It travels to Swansea tomorrow evening then comes back up to Cheltenham , then Worcester, then Redditch etc, etc It will travel up the north west and head up to Scotland by the end of the month.

The scroll only visits specific hospitals in the country where we have volunteer student midwives but there will be 30 in total. Furthest north stop over is Stornoway , Isle of Lewis!

We are chuffed to bits to have the Blood bikers courier the scroll around the whole route , however, they would be fine to have some company on any of the legs so if you want to join them for an evening ride with one or two of your friends , please feel free. All I ask is that you see the student midwife on arrival at the hospital (at the start or finish) and ask to sign the scroll and throw in few pounds to help the fund raising effort.

Get this , Guinness World Records has created a new category based on this project - its for the most signatures on a scroll. Meet up and sign the scroll and get yourself into the record books! Since we are the first to do it, we will be the world record holders. Cool.

Whether or not you join the ride, its a fun project for a great cause and loads of work has put in by our team of 60 volunteers (mostly student midwives and volunteer Blood bikers . It would be absolutely great if the XRV forum members got on board with the project too. It would be the first major forum to do so and would make a big difference. Apart for the rides, the main way to help is to make a personal donation on line. Any amount donated would be most welcome. Simply go to http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/preciouscargo

just to remind everyone, all the money we raise will go to funding motorbikes to help health workers reach people living in remote areas of developing countries. That's what Motorcycle Outreach does. We are a non profit charity run by a small team of volunteers. There are no paid staff or corporate overheads. We are bikers doing this stuff part time and just trying to do a little good in the world (using our passion for motorcycles ) , ...but having a bit of fun along the way too..Motorbikes and midwives - unlikely partnership perhaps, but we believe we can make a difference.
 

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Amazingly, we got no student midwife volunteers from the south west which means we had no hospital to send the scroll to in your region. We plugged the event on the Student Midwives forum and we had some interest in Plymouth and Exeter but no-one was prepared to take on the role of coordinator for that region. The North East is the same and Swansea is the only location in Wales.
Having said all that, we still have 30 hospitals to visit up and down the country and at 2 days per time , the tour will take 2 months to complete, which is plenty.

So sorry the scroll is not passing down your way, and we're sad too because our charity is based in Cambourne.
 
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