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Bourne Rotary Club raises funds for motorcycle ambulance

The motorcycle ambulance which Bourne Rotary Club have sent to Uganda will no doubt save lives
The motorcycle ambulance which Bourne Rotary Club have sent to Uganda will no doubt save lives
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Monday, 12, May 2014 01:33

by Laura Hastings

The Rotary Club has a strong tradition of supporting charities, and its Bourne chapter have continued that tradition with its latest endeavour. The Club have raised £1200, which was then doubled via Gift Aid to £3600, in order to buy a motorcycle ambulance to send to Uganda.

The specially adapted vehicles are used to transport women in labour, when they would previously have had to walk for up to three hours to reach a medical centre.

Although the concept of a motorcycle ambulance might seem strange to us, it is the most suitable vehicle for use in Uganda, where roads are often unsuitable for traditional ambulances.

Bob Brown of the Bourne Rotary Club spoke with the Rutland & Stamford Mercury about how inspired members were upon hearing about the good cause: "It was apparent to members that we could make a contribution to the reduction in maternity deaths by providing one of these unique vehicles.

"Because each vehicle is unique they have to be made specially but the club has now been informed that 'our' ambulance has been deployed and bears the name of the club," he said.

The purchase of the motorbike ambulances is the latest act in the larger Future Vision plan, which the Rotary Club supports throughout its international branches. This new grant model enhances the scope, impact, and sustainability of humanitarian and educational projects funded by The Rotary Foundation.

The Rotary Club across the UK has currently raised funds for more than 30 of these vehicles, which have an estimated catchment area of more than a million people.

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