Press Release – Donated Ambulance Used to Rescue Prisoners Injured in Comayagua fire

Team and Hospital Staff at Comayagua

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. 17th February 2012

Last summer a group of volunteers from UK charity Go Help, drove a donated ambulance from San Diego to Comayagua, Honduras and gave it to the city hospital. This ambulance has been used to save the lives of prisoners burnt and injured by the huge prison fire at Comayagua.

In numerous shocking photos that were shown of the injured prisoners from the prison fire that broke out between the 15th and 16th February there was a familiar vehicle amongst the chaos for the volunteers of Go Help. Last summer Murray Johnson and Ryan Walker, Go Help charity team leaders, took two ambulances that had been donated by the American company AMR, they pulled together a group of people – many of which were strangers, and began an expedition that took them to Honduras.

Murray had arranged a partnership between Go Help and a local charity called Growers First who work in Central America and he took the advice of Growers First as to which hospitals in the region might need the ambulances the most. The first ambulance went to a woman’s maternity clinic in Siguatepeque, for women having critical need deliveries.

The second went to the hospital at Comayagua. In Comayagua the ambulance became the only one owned by the hospital that serves a city of roughly 80,000 people and a wider area. The hospital often has had to rent emergency vehicles to get them through difficult periods. Since the donation the ambulance has been in constant use, but this most recent event shows the critical need that was met by this charity project.

When Murray saw the news he said ‘I am proud to know that the work that involved by so many people is clearly going to a great purpose. I cannot express enough appreciation to the 2011 teams and everyone else involved for their help, generosity and support. You have touched countless lives.’

Go Help is planning to open up the event to more teams in summer 2012 and is looking to continue delivering ambulances to the region.

ENDS

featured photo -  Team and hospital staff at Comayagua with ambulance

 

Notes for Editors

• Further information and quotes can be obtained from Murray Johnson on murrayj3@gmail.com or Dave Griffiths tel: +1 646 469 3818 (US) or Ryan Walker (UK) at ryan@gohelp.org.uk tel: 07920499755

• Ambulance can see seen working during the crisis in news report photos such as these:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/2012/02/15/gIQA0eucFR_photo.html

• http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/02/15/hundreds-of-prisoners-die-in-massive-honduras-prison-fire/

About the Event and background
The MesoAmerica Rally (Journey through Lost Worlds) with Murray and Ryan left San Diego on 4th October 2011. The blog, including more photos can be found at the official website http://mesoamerica.charityrallies.org/

About Go Help
• Go Help is a small UK registered charity that is committed to working with local communities in developing countries to improve their access to education and healthcare services.

• Go Help is a volunteer led charity, with over 30 volunteers, most of whom are under the age of 30 and has no full time staff or office in the UK.

• Go Help operates Charity Rallies, an event platform which fundraises for charitable projects in Mongolia,Tajikistan and Central America by challenging people to undertake incredible adventures. These include the Mongolia Charity Rally, Roof of the World Rally and MesoAmerica Rally, in which teams drive by any route they choose using vehicles of their choice, including ambulances, which are then donated by Go Help or used in its charity projects.

• More information can be found about Go Help and the charity does at http://gohelp.org.uk/

 

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