Legless amongst the lorries

Posted: 25 June 2015 in Disability, Haiti
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Disability campaign. Handbike Relay to Switzerland starts in Bromley

Handbike Relay to Switzerland starts in Bromley

Two teams in low low slung bikes, hand propelled, take off onto the busy A roads of England Hand-powered against the lorries, busses and trucks. Madness!

This morning I joined the crowd to wave off two small teams taking on an ambitious 1,000km Handbike relay from London to Switzerland, to raise funds for disability work in Haiti.  Coping with disability is hard enough in the developed world, but in Haiti, people with disabilities are often seen as ‘worthless’ with little access to health care and no place in society. 98% of people with disabilities in the developing world don’t have access to rehabilitation.

Haiti Hospital Appeal (HHA) is trying to fight that reality.  Funds raised will help support HHS’s respite centre for children with disabilities and our rehabilitation unit for people with spinal cord injuries, strokes and other neurological disabilities.

One lucky team will even have the expert services of Team GB Paralympian Anne Wafula Strike MBE who joining HHA for the event. There were plans for a disabled athlete from Haiti to join the relay, but a pressure sore related infection prevented participation. This is tough, and the practicalities of life prevented participation on this occasion.

The relay started in Bromley town centre this morning. The route then took us along the A21, down through some more rural roads towards Otford, then along towards the A20 near Maidstone. Then follow the A20 all the way down to the coast near Folkestone. The HHA relay team then continues the on Friday 26th from Calais, through Eastern France and into Switzerland finishing in Nottwil (the location of this year’s Para-cycling World Championships) on Sunday 28th June.

 

Bill will continue in prison ministry. But he will be working with Haiti Hospital Appeal, involved in new financial and management information systems in Haitian hospitals.

 

 

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