Our new challenge: Business Breakout
Did you know that, on average, a family in a low- and middle-income country will travel 124 miles on a budget of £7.50 to get their child the urgent operation they need?
We are challenging teams in Edinburgh and Dundee to race against time on World Health Day to bring lifesaving care closer to home for children in LMICs. We recruited long-distance cycler, Mark Beaumont, to head up the challenge as KidsOR’s adventure ambassador.
“I am delighted to be a part of this fun, interactive way of supporting KidsOR’s amazing work to provide safe surgery throughout Africa. Business Breakout is the perfect chance to get employees who have been working from home for the best part of two years back together, while raising money for a worthy cause."
Business Breakout will see participants using their entrepreneurial spirit and sense of adventure as they seek the help from friends and strangers to get as far as possible. Teams are tasked with fundraising a minimum of £10 per mile and the winner of the race will receive a £1,000 vouchers to be spent on Tiso, the event's official sponsor.
Garreth Wood, Co-founder and Chairman of KidsOR, said: “This challenge will share the struggles families face when travelling in the hope of getting safe surgery. Funds will go directly to transforming the lives of children and how they access surgery. £7.50 may not seem like a lot of money here, but to a family living on less than £1 a day in Africa, it is a huge expense. It is often a heart-breaking risk spending money to travel, when at the end of the journey the child may still not be able to access surgical care, or may wait weeks or months hundreds of miles away from home before receiving treatment."
Why 124 miles?
Can you imagine the agony of someone you love urgently requiring surgery, and having no safe or guaranteed access to the care they need.
This, sadly, is reality for so many across Africa and Latin America.
On average, 124 miles is the distance that a family from a low- to middle income country will have to travel just to access surgery for their child. They must do this with, on average, a budget of £7.50. It is an agonising decision for families to make, risking a huge amount of their money to travel – all the while knowing there is no guarantee of a successful outcome when they arrive.
We’ve chosen this distance and budget to highlight the immense struggle families face to access something as simple yet crucial as surgery for their children, and emphasise the role that access to surgical care plays within global health equality.