Swansea student midwives cycle for Midwives@Ethiopia

Swansea University Student Midwifery Society recently held their first ever fundraising event, a charity bike ride around Swansea Bay, to raise money for Midwives@Ethiopia.

Student Midwives Cycle RideThe student Midwifery society brings together all cohorts of midwifery studies in Swansea University. The aim is to create relationships between all students and associate members to fundraise for local midwifery related charities, represent Swansea University within different forums throughout the UK and hold study days and events that benefit those studying and practising Midwifery in Swansea and the surrounding areas.  The society runs alongside the Midwifery programme to enhance learning and educational experience. Its aim is to have a society that is easy to access, run by students for students that support the creation of quality portfolios and opportunities for professional development.

Midwives@Ethiopia is a charity based in Wales, which travels to Ethiopia to provide education and training, in partnership with Midwives in Ethiopia, for Midwifery teachers, Midwives and Health extension workers. Their aim is to support midwives to achieve better outcomes for mothers and babies, and to improve the experience of childbirth for women in Ethiopia. The charity also provides opportunities for student midwives and midwives to travel with them to Ethiopia. Two midwifery students from the College of Human and Health Sciences accompanied the team to Hawassa in Ethiopia in November 2013.

Annemarie Thomas is a third year student midwife and is a part of the society. She said: "As a society we would like to thank everyone involved in our cycle ride. The students that worked so hard, collecting raffle prizes and selling tickets and 360 sports in Swansea for helping with beach games equipment. We'd also like to thank the university for letting us use the bikes that are available for students and staff to enjoy our beautiful beach location. Our great appreciation goes to everyone that works tirelessly at Midwives@Ethiopia, it's been an absolute pleasure to meet with such inspirational people."

Sarah Norris is a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at Swansea University as well as a Trustee of Midwives@Ethiopia. She said: "I would like to thank the Student Midwives’ Society and all the students who took part, on behalf of Midwives@Ethiopia, for taking the time to raise money for our charity. Sponsored events like this are great fun but hard work to organise  and we are very grateful for your time and effort, as are our partners in Ethiopia"

For more information about the charity visit: www.midwives-ethiopia.org.uk