Category Archives: sickle cell

New facebook group

I have just started a new facebook group for the 2013 Tour d’Afrique.

http://www.facebook.com/groups/362005487222549/

Please join the group and ask your friends to join!

Cheers,

Alan

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Fundraising update

A whole team of people has been working very hard in the background to get our sickle cell foundation fundraising campaign off the ground. Anton, Annelie and Derek at DJPA Partnership, a local communications firm; Mejah and his crew at UWABA, a cycling advocacy group here in Tanzania; and Sarah and Julie at the Sickle Cell Foundation. We have two upcoming events: a reception for corporates on October 4th (the Sea Cliff hotel has kindly offered to host); and a ‘Cycle Caravan’ around Dar on October 21st – see the poster (it says Oct 14 by mistake – this will be changed). We are looking forward to both events and hoping to raise lots of dosh for the Sickle Cell Foundation.

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See # 10: Dr Julie Makani – Africa innovations: 15 ideas helping to transform a continent | World news | The Observer

Africa innovations: 15 ideas helping to transform a continent | World news | The Observer

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Sickle Cell Centre of Excellence

I had an excellent meeting with Dr Julie Makani of the Sickle Cell Foundation yesterday. We have done two new things. We have wrapped the Alan Knight Tour d’Afrique fundraising campaign for the Sickle Cell Foundation into the larger, US$2.7million fundraising campaign for the Sickle Cell Centre of Excellence at the Muhimbili Hospital here in Dar Es Salaam. And we have put together a corporate sponsorship appeal and have begun to go out to corporate sponsors.

This is all very exciting. The Sickle Cell Centre of Excellence is desperately needed in Tanzania. The team at the hospital and the Foundation are doing a great job of raising awareness and establishing a a world class facility. It is inspiring to see their dedication and professionalism.
If you would like more details on the Sickle Cell Centre of Excellence Campaign or the Corporate Sponsorship Appeal, let me know by sending a note to alan@taylerknight.co.uk

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Sorry to be late

Sorry I have been silent for so long. I have been away on holiday for almost a month and have just returned to Tanzania. But I am now back at work and the kids are back at school. Time to think about bikes again.

While I was away I visited a few bike shops on the off chance that something that hadn’t come up during my research would jump out and say ‘buy me’.  But it didn’t happen.  So, after looking at a dozen or more options and seriously considering three, I have decided to get the Genesis croix-de-fer https://alanknighttourdafrique.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=177&action=edit . It is the closest to what I have been thinking of and nobody has suggested it is a bad idea.

I have now been in touch with a bike shop in the UK that I have used often in the past and asked them to see what they can do for a full bike plus spares package. Hopefully it will all be set up and with me by the end of September so that I can put a few miles on it before the TdA starts.

All of a sudden January doesn’t seem that far away. I have now sent in almost all of my forms and other paperwork to the good folks in Toronto who run the TdA. I am sure they try to keep bureaucracy to a minimum but there is still a fare bit of bumph:1) RIDER CONTRACT; 2) RIDER RELEASE; 3) HEALTH AND FITNESS QUESTIONNAIRE; 4) RIDER INFORMATION; 5) NEXT OF KIN INFORMATION; 6) INSURANCE INFORMATION; 7) TOUR INFORMATION; 8) BICYCLE INFORMATION; 9) FUNDRAISING INFORMATION; 10) GETTING TO KNOW OUR CLIENTS FORM; 11) RIDER QUESTIONNAIRE; 12) PHOTO AND TEXT FOR THE TdA WEBSITE; 13) COPIES OF PASSPORTS.

It is now time to start compiling lists of all the other things I will need. I can’t wait. When will I have time to ride my bike?

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Olympic Cycling Route

The summer holiday started yesterday for us. The kids and I flew from Dar es Salaam to London, where we will stay for a few days before heading to Canada for a couple of weeks. The kids are great companions – except when they importune to shop. Driving from Heathrow to our flat south of London at rush hour last night was a bit of a nightmare. It was cold and wet. There were flash floods near where we were heading and there had been a big accident that had closed the M25 for a while near the junction we use. It took us 2 ½ hours to cover a distance that takes 40 minutes in good traffic.  I hate to think what getting around London will be like in another couple of weeks when the Olympics start. The lucky bit was that because of the back up, the taxi driver decided to get off the M25 and head down towards the A25. He ended up following about a five-mile section of the Olympic road race route. Gorgeous. In spite of the cold and the rain. The road closure signs are up and the road surface on the section we travelled looks really good. Too bad I won’t be here to watch.

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Final Edit – TdA SCFT film

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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.