Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Another Global Forwarder Steps Up to Assist Transport Charity

Supply Chain Group Pledges Allegiance
Shipping News Feature
UK – AFRICA – Global freight forwarder and supply chain management provider Ligentia has become the latest company to pledge its support to the international development organisation, Transaid. With offices now open in Mauritius, Madagascar and South Africa, Ligentia is strategically placed and particularly suitably aligned to support the transport charity's programmes in sub-Saharan Africa.

The corporate partnership was established after John Harvey CBE – British entrepreneur and former Chairman of Transaid – informed Ligentia of his own involvement with the organisation. After spending seven years in Hong Kong, Ligentia Group Chief Executive Nick Jones returned to the UK and re-engaged with Transaid, saying:

“As a business we have a global network and are well placed in terms of offering on the ground support and assistance to Transaid programmes in both Madagascar and on the African mainland. We have the geographical understanding and passion to hand, and are thrilled to be able to lend our support to the organisation.”

Ligentia will be assisting Transaid in its aims and objectives of raising funds to grow its programmes, plus members of the Ligentia team are encouraged to work on secondments with Transaid overseas, as well as taking part in fundraising initiatives, including Transaid’s infamous cycle challenges. Commenting on the importance of employee participation in the annual fundraising challenges for Transaid, Jones added:

“As an organisation, we want to be able to give back as much as we can – we have a few keen cyclists in the company, so we will do what it takes to lend our support in the upcoming cycle challenges!”

The corporate membership officially commenced in late October when Transaid’s patron, HRH The Princess Royal, met with Robert Miller, Managing Director for Ligentia South Africa, at the British Ambassador’s residency while on a visit to Madagascar. Commenting on the new corporate membership, Caroline Barber, Chief Executive of Transaid, commented:

“We are delighted to welcome Ligentia on board as our newest corporate member – their expertise and knowledge in Africa will prove invaluable for us and we’re very excited to have their support.”

Photo: Transaid’s bicycle and tricycle ambulances have become a commonplace sight amongst some African communities where they regularly are the only available emergency transport.