Andrea and Barry Coleman in Lesotho
Riders for Health was founded in 1986 by British couple Andrea and Barry Coleman along with American motorcycle racer Randy Mamola. Their aim was to find ways of getting healthcare consistently and cost-effectively to remote communities in Africa making sure nobody died because of lack of transport.
Working with local people, they developed a vehicle management system that ensured vehicles were safe and reliable and was able to deliver zero-breakdown transport for health workers.
In 2016 Riders transferred to entirely African leadership. The founders remain involved. Andrea is the CEO of Two Wheels for Life, a partner organisation to Riders, raising funds in the world of motorcycle racing and offering other services such as grant writing, PR & media to support Riders’ work. Barry is on the board of both Riders and Two Wheels for Life and continues to provide guidance. Randy continues to work as an ambassador for both organisations.
- Chairman – Brendan Donohoe.
- President – Andrea Coleman.
- Vice president – Barry Coleman.
- Board members – Mahali Hlasa, Kayode Ajayi and Billy Becker.