The 2007 Dakar Ride for Life
Kendal resident and keen off road motorcyclist Clive Barber is heading off to the Sahara Desert on 5th January 2007. He intends to ride 1000 miles through the Sahara desert in 5 days.
Supported and sponsored by Triple D Motorsport Clive is undertaking the hardcore 1000 mile trip which he describes as ‘the adventure of lifetime. A grueling schedule of 200 miles a day will see the group in the saddle for 10 hours a day, through some of the most astonishing scenery in the world.
Organisers of the trip Riders 4 Rights say that last year the trip rose over £10,000 for Riders for Health.
The ride follows the route of the infamous Paris-Dakar Rally. The group of 15 off road riders will be able to enjoy watching the heart-stopping antics of the bikes, cars and trucks of the Dakar fly past at sunrise out in the red sand dunes of Erg Shebbi.
As well as large dunes, the international group will enjoy the varied scenic delights of canyons, oases, miles of palm trees, flat salt lakes and high rocky mountain paths.
‘Long Way Round’ and ‘Race to Dakar’ star Charley Boorman is behind the trip:
'This is your chance to ride part of the Dakar and give something back to Africa through Riders for Health'
Randy Mamola, former GP star says:
'What Riders 4 Rights are doing is awesome. This is a way to have fun and save lives in Africa. This is a way to show the world what bikers and biking is all about.'
Riders for Health
Riders for Health is an international non-profit organisation born out of the world of motorcycle racing. Riders knows that transportation affects everything and acts accordingly in Africa with a practical, dynamic approach which is achieving real, sustainable development.
Riders currently has three national programmes (in the Gambia, Zimbabwe and Nigeria) where it has put in place reliable preventive maintenance systems for two and four wheeled vehicles used in health care delivery. We also have two smaller programmes working with other NGOs in Kenya and Tanzania.
This innovative work is managed by wholly-African teams, and means that health care in these areas is never undermined by vehicles failing, no matter how harsh the conditions.
Riders is helping nearly 11 million people across Africa to have the basic health care we take for granted in the developed world, giving them the chance to fight disease and look forward to a healthier future.
Clive added “Now whilst this is the holiday of a lifetime for me, the charity I am supporting and seeking sponsorship for is a great charity that is making a real difference to the lives of people across Africa now. Please check out www.riders.org for more information.
It is worth noting that any donation that you make goes straight to the charity. I am paying the full costs of this trip, so none of your money goes towards me having a good time, assuming I am going to have a good time that is!
Please sponsor me at http://www.justgiving.com/clivebarberdakar”