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Augustine Mzumara

Cycling the Saentis Classic

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Hi,[/p][p]Thanks for visiting my fundraising page. Somehow, I was persuaded into taking on the [url=https://www.saentis-classic.ch/classic-tour.html]Säntis Classic[/url] cycling tour in Appenzellerland, Switzerland (Thank you Andi). Even though I am a keen cyclist and the scenery is beautiful, this makes me more than a little nervous with 130km to cover and a 1,800m altitude change. So, I would really appreciate your support.[/p][p]Your support would go a long way towards helping [url=http://kuluka.org/?q=news]Kuluka[/url] which is a small non-profit that works on improving healthcare conditions in Malawi through advocacy of blood donation. [/p][p]Why advocate blood donation and why does Malawi need your support?[/p][p]I would like to explain it through a short story. In autumn of 2017, through the cycling network in Malawi I heard about a young cyclist called Richard who had come to Malawi as a refugee. He was recently happily engaged and went from a city to a rural village to introduce himself to his family in-law. As a keen cyclist he was wearing his Camelbak hydration pack. His visit to this village coincided with a period where there was public hysteria in Malawi. This hysteria was based on superstition and/or manipulation that there were [url=https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/7x4kjg/how-colonialism-fueled-deadly-anti-vampire-hysteria-in-malawi]vampires on the loose in Malawi[/url]. As result this young cyclist due to his Camelbak, was perceived as a vampire coming to harvest peoples blood. Sadly, the reaction to this presence was unexpected violent and extreme. Despite best efforts by the village Chief to protect him and sparing the details, this cyclist tragically lost his life. (Full details of the story are on Kuluka's Facebook page [url=https://www.facebook.com/KulukaOrg/posts/10155204776856051]here[/url])[/p][p]Although this level of superstition and suspicion is not normal across Malawi it contributes to the challenges face in recruiting blood donors by Malawi's Blood Transfusion Service despite the organisiation having well trained staff and the resources to collect blood. As a result, there are high mortality rates due to lack of blood in central hospitals and patients with low-incomes being forced to pay almost 20 Euros for a pint of blood in rural areas. [/p][p]Kuluka and several other organisations are working to alleviate this through dispelling fears and educating people about blood donation. So please support this important cause.[/p]

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Personal Challenge Date

03 Jun 2018









Fam Karltun

Keep up the good work Gus



Anne Mzumara

Good luck honey! I will also provide TLC afterwards. :-)




Good luck. Ride like the wind!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid