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Alan Knight rides the Tour d’Afrique for the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tanzania

January 11 – May 11, 2013

“The Tour d’Afrique has been described as ‘the longest and most difficult bike race in the world’.”

David Houghton, rode the Tour d’Afrique in 2005

and then wrote a book about it, The EFI Club

 Alan Knight, an experienced long distance cyclist, will ride the 2013 edition of the Tour d’Afrique. The annual Tour d’Afrique is an 11,718 km bicycle expedition and race crossing ten African countries from Cairo to Cape Town in four months.

This physically and mentally challenging expedition will mark a major milestone for Alan, who will turn 60 during the ride, and who has committed his efforts to provide an opportunity for himself and others to support the incredible work of the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tanzania.

Sickle Cell Disease is particularly prevalent in African countries that have a high incidence of malaria. Tanzania, where Alan currently lives, has the 4th highest number of people suffering from sickle cell disease in the world. In Tanzania up to 11,000 children are born every year with this inherited disease. But due to lack of early diagnosis and treatment as many as 90% of them will die before they are 18. With early diagnosis and treatment they can expect to live longer and more productive lives.

Alan’s goal is to raise US$50,000 to build and equip a 12-bed day treatment centre for sickle cell sufferers in Tanzania. Currently in Dar Es Salaam, sickle cell patients are treated at a general purpose clinic at the Muhimbili hospital only two days a week. A dedicated day treatment centre, open every day, could potentially increase treatment capacity by over 500%.

Dr. Julie Makani, the Founder of the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tanzania has set up a world-class research and treatment facility for sickle cell disease in Dar Es Salaam. Dr. Makani’s work was recently recognised when she was awarded the Royal Society Pfizer Award in 2011 for her outstanding research into using anaemia in sickle cell disease as a model for translating genetic research into health benefits. But the work has only just started.

Alan’s participation in the 2013 Tour d’Afrique provides a unique opportunity to recognise and align your organisation with outstanding work by Africans in Africa on an important African health issue, and to make a real and measurable difference in the lives of many Tanzanians.

You, your staff, colleagues, and clients will be able to follow Alan’s progress on his blog and gain recognition through messages, videos, media, and logo placement. You and your organisation will also be recognised by the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tanzania.

The campaign has already started and will last at least ten months. Join us and the many other supporters and funders of the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tanzania. Your sponsorship will make an enormous difference in so many lives in Tanzania.

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