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Elton John donates 120 bikes to Lesotho

Published: Monday, January 21, 2008, 16:08 [IST]

[an error occurred while processing this directive]Washington (ANI): Music legend Sir Elton John has given away 120 motorcycles in charity so as to make it easy for doctors and nurses in Lesotho, a land-locked country in Africa, to make emergency visits to treat patients. The singer donated the bikes during a ceremony just outside the capital Maseru on Saturday.

The donation was part of the Riders for Health Programme, which John funds through his Elton John Aids Foundation. "We want to improve the transport system by bringing health care to millions of people living in the most rural areas and thus making a difference in their lives," Contactmusic quoted John as telling members of the local media. Tumisang Mokoai, Health Ministry spokesman in Lesotho, said that the motorcycles would be distributed to medical centres across the country.

[an error occurred while processing this directive]"The nurses and doctors will have transport to follow up patients in the villages to support community health workers. The motorcycles will be distributed to all health centres in Lesotho," he said.

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