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Interburns : KD2 ….. Riding For A Cause

Two families will be riding their way from our capital to Dhaka in order to raise awareness of a plight that in time seems to have lost recognition as a public health crisis. As members of the Interburns, the Potokars and the Jones will be traveling on Royal Enfield Classics in order to raise funds and awareness about burn victims and patients, the frequency of which is highest amongst the regions of Nepal and India.

Interburns is an international network of expert burn care professionals seeking to transform burn care and prevention in low and middle income countries (LMICs) through education, training, research and service delivery.

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Interburns has been working for burn patients since 2006. Since then, they have trained over 1800 healthcare workers in Essential Burn Care and have trained local faculty, who now provide courses locally in their own languages. Because most of the work Interburns does is based on voluntary help, donations and funds are essential. Interburns is hoping to raise £100 000 this year. The 1200 mile sponsored motorbike ride is part of the fund-raising effort.

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Tom Potokar and Sian Falder will speak at the Nepal Society for Plastic Surgery Conference before embarking on their journey. Our very own Rabi Thapa from Sacred Summits will be organizing six Royal Enfield Desert Storms for the trip.

Their journey will begin on the 20th of October from Kathmandu where they will ride south to Janakpur. They will visit the Janakpur Zonal Hospital, where Interburns has taught Essential Burn Care courses. There they will help the Hospital meet International Standards for burn care.

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After that, their expedition will take them to Bihar, India, make a pass through Patna to Bodi Gaya. They will then head to a rural village in Jharkand where they have been providing therapy assistance and support with setting up a new burn unit.

Making their way into Jamshedpur, they will arrive to their final location Dhaka, Bangladesh; hopefully in time for the Bangladesh Society of Burn Injuries Annual Conference, where Tom and Sian have been invited to speak. They will also be visiting Dhaka Medical College,which is the main burn centre in Bangladesh and whose staff have been a part of Interburns for many years.

The team will travel with an experienced film maker, Tom Woodrow who will be filming the trip as well as the planning, training and build up to it. The film will be made into a DVD and shown throughout the UK, including the Geek Media Adventure Travel Cinema and Austin Vince Adventure Travel Film Festival.

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Before their departure, our team was invited to Handle Bar, Baluwatar where the team of Interburns was catching up for dinner. We got a chance to meet the entire group and wish them luck. Sacred Summits even had a cake ready for them to celebrate their arrival and wish them luck for the entire journey.

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