Shinya Nakano donates €5,000 to Riders for Health
Riders for Health – the official charity of MotoGP – is set to receive a boost to its life-saving work in Africa this week, thanks to a donation of €5,000 from Kawasaki MotoGP star Shinya Nakano.
The money was raised at the Japanese GP in 2005, in collaboration with Arlen Ness, with an auction of some limited edition caps featuring the Japanese racer’s distinctive helmet design.
“Being a professional rider I try to help various charities every year” said Nakano. “When I joined MotoGP I learnt about Riders for Health. I believe that this charity does many good and important things. That is why, although it is only a small amount, I want to help Riders for Health. I think it is very important that us riders are aware of what is happening in the real world”
Riders works to improve the delivery of health care to remote communities in Africa, by making sure that public health workers have reliable motorcycles that do not break down and are run at the lowest possible cost. Nakano’s donation is equivalent to the costs of providing a health worker with a motorcycle, protective clothing, and training so that he can deliver regular health services to up to 20,000 people.
Co-founder and joint chief executive of Riders, Andrea Coleman, will receive the cheque during the pre-season MotoGP test at Barcelona. The presentation will take place at the Kawasaki garage, at 17:00 on Thursday 2nd March.