(Believe it or not) I have a friend called Andy – sometimes down Major Tom’s it is hard to find someone called anything other than Andy. The Andy I wish to talk about now is called Andy Dennis and www.andy4msf.com is his site.
Andy Dennis is a Staff Nurse at Harrogate District Hospital. He is even more of a hero as he also volunteers with Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders). Andy helps people all over the world who are suffering through conflict, natural disaster, epidemics or denial of health care options. Each year more than 2,500 international staff join 30,000 locally hired staff to provide medical aid in countries around the world. MSF guarantees staff a dynamic and intense work environment alongside people who believe in helping those in need. MSF recruits medical and non-medical staff to work in its projects. All of these people bring professional abilities, practical experience, as well as a commitment to and concern for the people they help.
But this does come at a cost –
In 2005 I decided that I wanted to commit a significant part of my life to Doctors without Borders. I’ve already worked on four separate projects in Africa and have helped to raise funds between these missions. Now I want to raise £100,000 to help them with their incredible work. – Andy Dennis
This blog post is a small token of appreciation to the man, Andy Dennis, for taking the plunge and doing something with his life for the betterment of humanity. He now needs our help – he will be cycling 4001 mile traversing the United Sates Of America later this year – with his awesome companion, Tracey Hill.
They will be cycling from San Fransisco to New York – a distance of 4001 miles. Andy admits he is a novice when it comes to distance cycling – more power to him for getting in the saddle to give it a go. This unsupported and self funded cycle challenge begins in San Francisco. It passes through the Nevada desert, over the Rocky Mountains, across the wide open plains of the mid-west, over the Appalachian mountains and finishes in New York. Over 4000 miles of adventure and challenge. Here is his video –
This project is part of an ongoing fundraising effort. The aim is to raise £100,000 for Doctors Without Borders. MSF help people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusion from healthcare.
I really hope I have not badgered on too much, reader – if you have the time (and a spare quid) please click through to this link – HERE – to donate to such a great cause. Eighty-five percent of every pound you donate is spent on patient care. MSF tries its utmost to make sure that your donations are spent on saving lives rather than on administration and management costs.