Give a tenner and maybe safe a life, former Deputy Chief Driving Examiner Sandra Dodson, is asking for our help as she embarks on an ambitious plan to help some of Cambodia’s poorest children understand the basics of road safety.
Sandra – a well-known face to MSA GB members through her attendance at numerous regional and national events over the years. Other will know Sandra from her work on TV, she was a central part of CBBC’s Driving Academy, which won a Prince Michael Road Safety Award, and Celebrity Driving Academy, as well as appearing on Sky TV’s Driving School of Mum & Dad.
Sandra is traveling to Cambodia, at her own expense, to deliver a fun road safety course called On Your Bike, which aims to teach 8-11-year-olds basic road safety, with bits of cycling proficiency and bike maintenance thrown in.
It is a simple, visual lesson plan based around I Love my Bike and as part of this she wants to give every child taking part a bike helmet, a crucial piece of safety equipment that the majority just cannot afford to buy. The idea behind it isn’t just to keep kids safe on their bicycles now, but throughout life by changing their attitudes to and awareness of road safety.
Very few people in Cambodia own cars, and the family motorbike is the principal way of getting around. Very few people wear helmets when riding either bikes or motorbikes, and as a result, crash fatality statistics are appalling. Sandra hopes that if she can get the children wearing helmets when cycling they will continue to do so throughout their lives, particularly when they graduate to powered bikes.
£5 is about half-way to a decent helmet – that’s a glass of wine in the pub or two cups of coffee. Simply click on the link below to the Just Giving page Sandra has set up have a read and please donate.
Don’t worry that she has reached her original target: the more Sandra raises, the more children she can supply a new, life-changing bike to!