Eeyore's Africa Challenge 2017

The Challenge

In 2017 Eeyore (the Kirsty's Kids Mascot), accompanied by his chauffeur (me), Trust Chairman John Bryden, will ride a 125cc motorcycle to and across Africa. Keeping the sea on my right shoulder to Africa. Cape town and East Africa non stop, all countries regardless of the welcome, on 10hp.

With your support I will attempt to raise £18,000.Eeyores Africa Challenge 2017

This will be my last major motorcycle charity fundraising challenge. It will be carried out on Kirsty’s wee tiny bike. Same rules; sleep rough and be resourceful.

Why £18,000. I am going to ride Kirsty's 125cc motorbike to Capetown and back in the hope of raising £18,000 for a HexHog. "The HexHog is the ultimate off-road wheelchair offering unprecedented access to extreme terrain. This unique battery powered machine means the freedom to go places wheel chair users wouldn’t have dreamed possible - at the push of a joystick!"

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So here is the challenge. I ask for assistance from bikers across the globe, Blue Knights, businesses and individual to support and sponsor me.

I will take Kirsty's 125cc motorbike onto the African continent. I will negotiate as many countries as possible, perhaps all of them, inside nine weeks from the West Highlands, Scotland back to the West Highlands via Cape Town.

My Moscow Challenge trip was drawn up on an old atlas the night before I left. This time I ask for charities to contact me so that I can work with them to bring this about.

In June 2013 fifteen volunteers carried Kirsty's motorbike to the summit of Ben Nevis. Only by working together were we able to achieve the seemingly impossible task. Let’s all work together for the greater good of the world’s children. Let’s make a difference.

Why?

As the world continues to become more hostile, with tensions rising across its surface and conflicts between Nations, Governments struggle like children in kindergarten for popularity. 

Refugees pour across borders to escape bombs and bullets. Government fails to deal with the long term solutions, which can only be brought about by negotiation at source.
As I watch the news or read the headlines my heart sinks, just as it did when I discovered that there was no children’s hospice in Moscow dedicated to the palliative care of children.

I am appalled to see the devastation of the world’s children and sickened to find global charities with CEO’s on six figure salaries. Only to find some of them are procuring capital by selling arms & tobacco, the very arms which devastate the world’s children.

As chairman of a children’s charity, whose patron nursed children at home and in Africa, I must at least try to bring about awareness. I ask all charities,  across our fragile world, to unite together to help raise the needed resources, provide shelter and care for our world’s children. All children are equal.

I wish to meet with and unite Charities so that we can promote that it is better to work together.

Kirsty told me of a charity in France building a kitchen, only for a charity in UK to be working on the same scheme! Six months after the French build was complete the UK charity demolished their work and build a new kitchen on top!

We need to stop duplicity and money being wasted through misguided good intent. The only way is working together.

Like the Blue Knights International Motorcycle club which stretches around the globe, each Chapter supporting each other and raising millions for good causes, we need to network our charities to work together.

My aim is to highlight the need for world leaders to work together for the greater good of the world’s children. Instead of building arms and weapons of mass destruction, build schools and education for the world’s children.

Help me, help the children of today avoid being corrupted by hate and prejudice.
Children are only born with love in their hearts, they learn hatred and prejudice from adults.

Thanks in anticipation for your support.

John C Bryden.