Club buys unique motorbike for pregnant women

The e-ranger bought by the Rotary Club of Bourne
The e-ranger bought by the Rotary Club of Bourne
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The Rotary Club of Bourne has supported a project to provide a unique vehicle to help women in labour in East Africa.

The Bourne branch heard a presentation last year on the national Rotary Club’s Vision for a Million campaign to fund e-Ranger motorcycle ambulance.

The unique vehicles are used in Uganda to transport women in labour to the nearest medical facility, when they previously had to walk for up to three hours.

As part of the campaign, the Rotary is also funding midwives and first responders to enhance communication to give women and their children a better chance of survival.

Bob Brown, from the Bourne branch of the club, said members were inspired to help as soon as they heard about the project.

He said: “It was apparent to members that we could make a contribution to the reduction in maternity deaths by providing one of these unique vehicles.

“In parts of East Africa no roads exist for normal terrain ambulances to travel and these motorcycles fulfil this need.

“The club donated £1,200 which was double gift aided up to £3,600.

“Because each vehicle is unique, it has to be made specially but the club has now been informed that ‘our’ ambulance has been deployed and bears the name of the club.”

So far, the Rotary Club nationally has raised enough funds for more than 30 of the vehicles and the catchment area for deployment is more than a million people.