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wooden Selena Crete will be taking part in an adventurous cycling tour in Tanzania for Amrif Flying Doctors. With this action, you want to draw attention to the problems facing Africa and raise funds to help solve them.

Written by Richard Thulin

When one compares prosperity between countries, one sees significant differences. Many people in Africa live in appalling conditions. Crete would like to work for the health of African girls and young women. So that they can develop into strong, healthy women. Because if they are healthy and stay healthy, they can work and build a better life for themselves and their families.
Craigt: I know we have a pretty good run here in the Netherlands. I was able to bring three children into this world and thanks to the good medical facilities and education they have a vision of a good future. How different it is for many African children. Many preventable and curable diseases die easily. Their existence is a constant struggle for survival.”

research Crete looked for ways in which it could commit itself to improving conditions in Africa. She came across the Africa Classic website and found what she was looking for there. I watched a promotional video about a bike trip through Tanzania and it got me excited. Mountain biking is my passion, and how cool it would be if I could raise money by cycling for the projects Amref is doing there. What also attracted me is that the results of these projects are becoming visible and that Amref has been involved for 65 years. It works with governments and international organizations to devise African solutions to African problems.”

projects The projects being implemented include: drilling wells, maintaining good hygiene, training caregivers and providing medical care. But what also impressed Krett was the way Amref handles the circumcision rites of young girls. Circumcision is part of an ancient tradition and represents the transition from girl to woman. More than 4 million girls around the world undergo this barbaric ritual every year. Amref is committed to successfully introducing alternative rituals. More than 20,000 girls have now been exempted from this circumcision.”

sharing Craigt is excited to be involved but she has to meet a number of conditions. Participation in the Africa Classic also requires an investment of time and money from the participants. Chalk received a positive incentive from her employer Rad Power Bikes. Craigt: When I came up with the idea, everyone reacted with enthusiasm. My employer gives me paid time off, and pays for travel and bike expenses. You must also be in good shape to participate. That is why I had to undergo a medical examination for the first time. During the cycling test, my oxygen, heart rate, lungs and blood values ​​were monitored. My condition turned out to be above average, so no problem. What remains a challenge is getting the sponsor amount together. This is at least 5,000 euros, but I raised the limit for myself. I want to raise €25,000 to support Amref’s great work. But I’m not there yet. To achieve this, I want to ask people for help.”

waiver The cycling tour takes place from June 18-25 and consists of 6 stages. The Cretaceous will cover more than 600 kilometers by 6000 meters perpendicular above and around Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. , at first glance it doesn’t seem like much, but when you consider that there are no paved roads, the temperature is over 26 degrees and there is a lot of climbing you will understand that it will be a lot of distress. I will try to give a brief report every day on my social media Instagram and Facebook.”

primary Craigt realizes that she has temporarily traded the comfort of her home in Houten for primitive living in Tanzania. “We camp there in tents in the wilderness. Clean water facilities are very limited. We have a truck with water going with us, ensuring we have enough to drink and we can shower for 3 minutes. As it is so dusty I expect to get dirty and not have enough 3 minutes to wash my hair That’s why I take a foldable bucket with me to collect the water and use it again. Going to the toilet will also be different. There are no toilets, and if I have to, there is no other choice but to step out of my shame and drop my pants and go to the bathroom. I realize that clean water and drainage Health is a basic need for everyone.”

people and animals It’s an adventurous journey that takes you through local communities (including the Maasai) and through wildlife parks. Craigt: It’s really special to meet the people that I’m doing this for. Maybe they only speak Swahili and it would be difficult to communicate with speech. Locals will accompany us as well and can act as interpreters. We will visit a number of Amref projects and see with our own eyes where the money is being spent. And it’s also amazing the animals we can get along with. This includes giraffes, elephants, baboons, and flamingos. We were advised not to get too close to them and definitely not to touch them. I hope I can see this from a proper distance and let people enjoy it through pictures via social media! “

contribution On the website you can find more information and a link to the sponsor’s page where you can donate. Every contribution is welcome, big or small. I appreciate every contribution and will respond personally.”

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