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Myself and Roz will cycle from France along the Belgium coast line ending in the Netherlands in 1 day. Yes it might be a fairly flat part of the world, but a massive personal challenge none the less, due to my loathing of being on a bike, and still with only 24 days to go having not been on a bike for a very long time!
I am doing this to support the work of The Karen Woo Foundation, set up after Karen, a dear childhood friend was tragically shot dead whilst delivering aid to a remote region of Afghanistan. This was something that she felt a great passion for and to embark on this journey showed her immense courage.
Afghanistan is a complex and sometimes dangerous environment. This is a country where people delay seeking care, delay getting to a place where they can receive care and, once there, often, there is a delay in receiving care. Beyond that, at an even more basic level, there is a lack of health education, extreme malnutrition and limited vaccination programs. The harsh conditions exacerbate the problems for those with medical conditions - 1 in every 2 people who lose their sight die within 2 years; 1 in 5 children die before the age of 1; in rural areas, 1 in 6 die during childbirth.
£15 buys a resuscitation set for newly borns with breathing difficulties.
£25 buys a 7-day course of Co-Amoxiclav, a broad-spectrum antibiotic.
£50 buys enough analgesia, anti-diarrhea medication, and rehydration solutions for 1 person for a month.
£60 buys a "Neo-Natalie" training set for basic midwife tuition.
£200 pays for a rural midwife to receive training at a recognized centre for a month.
Please help me to keep Karen's legacy alive and to support the Foundation in raising funds for the projects that were so close to her heart.