Fundraising Manager, John Fyfe writes a letter regarding the postponement of Bike Africa Ghana (21-28 February 2015)
Postponement of Bike Africa Ghana (21-28 February 2015)
As an International organisation with over 20 years’ experience working in Sub-Saharan Africa, and direct personal experience of the Ebola virus and its previous progress though rural Africa, we are very concerned at the statements made by the World Health Organisation regarding the scale, speed and profile of spread of the current outbreak in West Africa.
With warnings of the possibilities of 10,000 new cases per week, a fatality rate of 70% and, for the first time in our experience, cases reported within Capital Cities rather that at town or village level, we feel that the likely effect of this on Bike Africa Ghana is something which we cannot underestimate.
Whilst there are currently no cases reported within Ghana, the presence of cases in nearby capitals raises the question of perhaps ‘when’ rather than ‘if’ this status may change, further adding to the negative press and the dis-incentive to current and new participants.
As such LCD International has taken the decision to postpone the February Ghana Challenge, until the situation becomes clearer, and the outbreak is hopefully brought under control.
We will be contacting all of our registered participants around the world to break this news personally to each of them, and to ensure them that this decision has been made with the safety of them and their families as our primary concern, and to discuss how they can continue to support our cause in the future.
Postponement of this event, and loss of the generous sponsorship which it attracts, will naturally bring pressure to bear on the funding for our work to provide a better education for thousands of children, and we are currently putting plans in place to replace this vital income.
Whilst our thoughts are with everyone affected by this terrible virus, we cannot allow it to affect the work we carry out with parents, schools, districts and government departments to ensure that when a child walks for three hours to get to school, they get the quality education they deserve.
We will update you soon on our plans to reschedule and/or replace this fundraising initiative, meanwhile please consider becoming a Link School Sponsor.
Monday 20th October 2014
John D Fyfe