AMA REGRETS TRAGIC DEATH OF MOTORCYCLE ACTIVIST AND HUMANITARIAN PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has learned of the tragic death of Simon Milward, a leading motorcycle rights advocate who traveled the world to...
AMA REGRETS TRAGIC DEATH OF MOTORCYCLE ACTIVIST AND HUMANITARIAN
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has learned of the tragic death of Simon Milward, a leading motorcycle rights advocate who traveled the world to raise funds for charity.
Milward, a native of the United Kingdom, died as a result of a motorcycle crash in the west African country of Mali on March 4.
A former secretary general of the Federation of European Motorcyclists' Association (FEMA), Milward helped organize European motorcyclists in the 1990s.
"Simon was one of the men most responsible for taking the motorcycle rights movement international," said AMA President Robert Rasor. "He brought motorcyclist rights organizations from various countries together and improved their lot in the European Union."
But Milward's advocacy work was just a prelude to a bigger adventure. On January 1, 2000, he set off on a homemade motorcycle for an around-the-world trip. He initially raised donations for Riders For Health, a charity that uses motorcycles to bring health care to residents of remote regions, and Doctors Without Borders.
In the United States, Milward joined with Rasor and other concerned motorcyclists to form Motorcycle Outreach, which funneled donations to motorcycle-related charities in other countries. Through Milward's influence, organizations aimed at using motorcycles to provide health care to poor populations in remote areas have been formed in countries ranging from Indonesia to South Africa to Argentina.
"Simon had an enormous impact on the motorcycling community," said Rasor. "He will be missed by motorcyclists everywhere."
On behalf of the AMA and American motorcyclists, Rasor offered condolences to Milward's family and the many friends he made around the world.
For more information, visit Simon Milward's website, www.millennium-ride.com.