Friday, June 27, 2014

Cycle Volunteers Wanted for Trip of a Lifetime as Multimodal Freight and Logistics Staff Sign Up

Your Chance to Experience Something Truly Unique - and Achieve Something Worthwhile
Shipping News Feature

UK – TANZANIA – Less than a year to go until a selection of members from the land freight and ocean shipping industries experience the ride of their lives as they cycle 400 kilometres across Tanzania for international road haulage charity Transaid. Places are still available, with more adventure-seeking volunteers needed for this incredible challenge. Participants signed up so far for the journey, which takes place from the 6th to the 14th of June 2015, include teams and individuals from DFDS Seaways, Labyrinth Logistics, Michelin Tyres, and Multimodal, to name but a few.

The nine day long trip will see the cyclists set off from the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, visit several national parks, before finishing at the breath-taking Ngorongoro Crater, one of the best places for wildlife spotting in the world. During the challenge riders will tackle rugged terrain, experience beautiful Tanzanian scenery and pass through Maasai villages as they raise vital funds for Transaid’s development projects. Gary Forster, Transaid’s Chief Executive, says:

“With only 12 months to go until this amazing cycle ride now really is the perfect time for anyone thinking about taking part to sign up and join us. Events like these provide crucial funding for Transaid’s projects and we are so grateful to all our supporters who get on their bikes and raise such fantastic sums of money for us. This ride will be challenging at some points, but we guarantee anyone who takes part will have a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Transaid’s core work includes creating transport management systems for the public sector and assisting with the provision of professional driving qualification development and the training of local driver trainers. It also assists with teaching preventive vehicle maintenance management and introducing local, low cost transport solutions including its innovative bicycle ambulance. Transaid also helps promote awareness of HIV, AIDS and road safety issues, and shares its specialist knowledge with the humanitarian aid sector. Guy Heywood, Commercial Director at Michelin, who will be joined by a team of three colleagues for this challenge, explained why others should join staff from the tyre manufacturing giant, saying:

“We have been supporting Transaid’s Africa Challenges for many years now and they enable us to see the charity's great work in action. I would encourage anyone thinking about taking part to sign up, the challenge is an unbelievable experience as you get to cycle through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world and camp under amazing skies, all while raising money for a lifesaving charity."

A sign-up fee of £299 is required, with riders needing to meet a £3,300 fundraising target. Transaid’s team are on hand to offer all participants helpful hints and support on fundraising and training for the event. For further information about the challenge please contact Florence Bearman at  or 020 7387 8136.