Friday, December 16, 2016

Charitable Acts Herald in Holiday's as the Freight and Logistics Sector Shows It's Not All Business

American and British Firms Demonstrate their Softer Side
Shipping News Feature
WORLDWIDE – US – Once again the freight and logistics sector has been busy demonstrating its caring aspects with charitable acts around the globe. We start in the US and from Texas to the East Coast, dozens of dogs in need will be finding new homes this holiday season thanks to Society for Companion Animals, a Dallas-based non-profit, and the American Airlines Cargo team. Society for Companion Animals transported a record-breaking 61 dogs in two days, each rescued from streets and shelters. The dogs flew to their new homes via American Airlines flights. Chuck O’Connell, Manager of Cargo Services at Dallas Fort Worth explained:

“Our team puts in a lot of effort to ensure these animals receive the same level of attention and care a human passenger would and it’s all worth it knowing each will make it safely to a new home for the holidays.”

The efforts of the logisticians was praised by Tawana Couch, President of the Society for Companion Animals who commented:

”The customer service and care that American Airlines Cargo has for our rescue dogs is heartwarming. Every dog is treated exceedingly well and looked after during the process of travelling to his or her forever home. These rescue dogs really feel loved by the American Airlines Cargo workers who oversee their flights.”

US – Also in the States the GAC Group has once again donated to support the Wooden Boats For Veterans foundation (WBFV), a California-based organisation that supports military injured veterans. To date, WBFV has taken more than 50 veterans sailing, all of whom served and sustained injuries in the Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. GAC started supporting the charity in December last year and is renewing its commitment with a contribution to help fund the ongoing restoration of a 1938 wooden yacht, ‘Clover’, itself a veteran having seen service in the English Channel during World War II.

Early in the New Year, the yacht will be moved from her berth at the Oakland Yacht Club in Alameda to Bay Marine Boat Works in Richmond, where restoration will begin. Once fully restored, the ‘Clover’ will be able to host up to 24 disabled veterans on trips around the San Francisco Bay and along the coast of California. WBFV President Terry Moran commented:

“GAC’s commitment is instrumental to WBFV’s mission to build a veteran community around the restoration of ‘Clover’. We are deeply grateful for their ongoing support.”

UK – In just 12 months, kind-hearted employees at Briggs Equipment have helped to raise close to £150,000 for several worthy causes. The asset management and engineering services specialist has a dedicated employee-led fundraising programme, as Janet Noble, Chair of the Briggs Charity Team, explains:

"As a company, one of the things of which we're most proud is our commitment to corporate social responsibility. Our people are willing to devote a huge amount of time and energy to helping charities and local community projects that are close to their hearts, so we're thrilled to be able to support the work of numerous worthy causes, both large and small, that make a real difference to people's lives."

Each year, Briggs works closely with a charity partner chosen by its workforce. Since January employees have been staging activities in support of Teenage Cancer Trust. The only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for young people with cancer, Teenage Cancer Trust operates specialist units within NHS hospitals, staffed by experts, to provide the best possible care and information for patients and their families. Other beneficiaries in 2016 included the Alzheimer's Society, Parkinson's UK and St. Giles Hospice.

The company is also a proud patron of The Prince's Trust, which has once again received £25,000 from Briggs as part of its four-year fundraising commitment to the Trust. This money will help to provide disadvantaged young people with the practical and financial support they need to move into work, education or training.

Briggs Equipment is also now celebrating 10 years of support for a charity initiative dedicated to spreading a little Christmas cheer to disadvantaged children around the globe. Samaritan's Purse UK provides emergency relief to Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia and works with communities on issues such as water and sanitation. Each year, the international relief and development organisation distributes gift parcels to youngsters aged between two and 14 years as part of Operation Christmas Child.

Members of the public back Operation Christmas Child by filling a shoebox with gifts. These gifts include toys, clothing, brushes and combs, toothpaste, soap, wind up torches and a variety of school supplies. Around a million boxes are donated each year, dropped off at collection points at school and churches, so distribution is a huge undertaking to ensure they reach the various destinations at the designated time. This year Brigg’s helped by providing two forklifts and two pallet trucks on free loan from its extensive short-term hire fleet.

Marie Coney, a volunteer warehouse manager for Samaritan's Purse, says they are handling more boxes than ever and the equipment has proved invaluable.

"This year, we anticipate despatching around 40,000 shoeboxes full of toys and other essentials to six different countries and they all need to be stacked on pallets and then loaded onto the trucks," she explained.

"This process is a vital part of a shoebox's journey and we just couldn't manage it without forklift trucks. We're busier than ever this year, so the trucks have been an absolute godsend and we're really grateful to Briggs for their support."

Allan Parsons, National Rental Manager at Briggs Equipment, said:

"A small shoebox can have a huge impact on youngsters who usually have very little. It's therefore a pleasure to lend our support to this important project and help Samaritan's Purse spread a little joy to some of the world's most needy children at Christmas."

UK – Transaid, a charity that specialises in training and equipping transport and logistics based projects in the developing world, has launched its 2016 Christmas Appeal, also with the goal of raising £25,000. All money raised from the campaign will help Transaid continue to transform lives through safe, available, and sustainable transport. Gary Forster, Chief Executive of Transaid said:

“Raising £25,000 is an ambitious target, but I am confident that our supporters in the transport and logistics industry can help us beat this goal and finish yet another successful year on a high note.” Already at the time of going to press support for the campaign is extremely strong with a host of freight and logistics companies contributing to the campaign. Already almost £23,000 has been raised and for those wanting more information, or to make a corporate donation, contact Jade Ashby on 020 7387 8136 or email jade@transaid.org. You can also donate online here.

Photo: ‘Rag Doll’, rescued by the Society for Companion Animals.