We're riding 45 year old Honda motorcycles the entire length of the country of Vietnam, from Hanoi to Ho Chi MInh City to raise money for women and kids' health care in the central Vietnam region. The ride is almost 2000kms long and we're hoping that both we & these classic old Honda's make the distance and that with your help we raise money to have a positive impact in some of the more remote villages, where we operate.
We have a Gold Mining Company called Besra - two of our Gold Mines are in central Vietnam. We’ve been working here in Vietnam for almost 20 years and one of our closest friends in the city of Danang is a woman by the name of Diem. She runs a local bar/restaurant in town, we’ve been going there for years. So one day we were talking with Diem and a young Vietnamese guy stopped by, he was riding a Honda67.
The 67 is a stylish little bike known throughout the rest of the world as the Honda SS50. They’re getting kind of rare in most places, but in Vietnam they’re still really quite common and amazingly still running strong almost 50 years after they were released.
So we mentioned how great looking the Honda 67 is and Diem proceeded to tell us this story.
Her Dad, before she was born was the only guy in her village with a Honda 67. This was in the early 80’s - so Diem was born in a hospital that wasn’t all that close to their village. Her Dad put her pregnant mother on the back of the Honda and rode her to the hospital where Diem was later born. That was a great story we thought, but it got better. It turned out that every pregnant woman in the village was driven by Diem's Dad to the same hospital on the same Honda67. He was sort of the local ambulance service if you like. The Honda ambulance.
We were totally blown away by the story and we thought, let’s do an amazing ride on Honda67’s the entire length of the country of Vietnam to raise money for women’s health care in the region where we work. There are still many remote villages not close to hospitals or health centers. As a result there are a lot of home births and infant deaths due to limited access to care. We thought we could help, and with your help we can.
Our main objectives are;
To decrease the maternal mortality rate in our local districts by improving emergency obstetric care
Training of "traditional birth assistants" in the local district
To decrease the levels of infant mortality through the provision of improved newborn care services
Together with East Meets West, who is based out of San Francisco but have a long and successful history working in Vietnam we decided to put this ride together to raise money to put into health care clinics in the regions where we operate. Specifically for women and children. Access to health care from remote villages is still a problem for many people.
So please help out if you can, follow us, share, talk, pass it on.