Friday, February 1, 2019

Cycle Your Way to Save Lives with the LEJOG Ride for Freight and Logistics Professionals

2020 Transaid UK Challenge Will Suit Riders of Every Calibre - Sign Up and Help
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UK – It has been a really good few weeks for Transaid, the freight and logistics sector's favourite charity and now details of the next proposed, and ever popular, cycle challenge have been revealed. This one is a 'home game' with those taking part riding from Land’s End to John O’Groats (LEJOG) with funds raised from the event helping to transform lives by improving commercial driving standards and ensuring better access to healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa.

Firstly however other news of the charity’s activities, with a record return from the Transaid 2018 Christmas Appeal which aimed to raise £25,000 and not only passed last year’s total but managed to achieve a creditable £29,245. The coffers swelled even further when the raffle at the BIFA Freight Service Awards in January added another £2,400 with the lucky winners collecting a stunning range of prizes freely donated by the sponsors.

Also in January, Transaid benefited from time-sensitive express transport company Simpex Express celebrating their first decade in business by joining as a corporate member for the next three years. Managing Director Simon Beechener, first became aware of Transaid at those very same BIFA Awards when he decided that a corporate membership would be the perfect way to give a lift to those trying to live and work in much more difficult circumstances.

The aid which the charity provides often has that effect on those in the industry when they see the efforts to improve transport standards with proper driver training and the supply of such resources as hospital cycles and the current battle against malaria which continue to save the lives, particularly of mothers and children, across Africa.

And so to that upcoming bike ride, a change from some of the more exotic locations which have hosted these challenges in the past. The last ride, across Zambia in September, was struck by tragedy when cyclist Jayne Gray was fatally injured whilst on her third such challenge, an event which affected both riders and organisers deeply. Florence Bearman, Head of Fundraising at Transaid observed:

“After a period of reflection following Cycle Zambia 2018, we are now firmly focused on a grand depart from Land’s End on 2 June 2020. This is a truly iconic ride for any bike-it bucket list and we’ll be following the same 972-mile route taken by thousands of riders every year. Plus, we’re offering opportunities for both single riders and teams to get involved, enabling groups of friends and colleagues to share in both the pedalling and fundraising.

“Our cycle challenges have been taking place since 2006 and continue to grow in popularity each time. The plan was always to do something special to mark our 20th anniversary, and we hope holding the event here in the UK will mean as many supporters as possible can saddle up and join us for what is going to be something really special.”

The 12-day adventure marking Transaid’s 20th anniversary will take riders through some of the UK’s most beautiful scenery, covering the length of the British Isles; from the leafy lanes of Cornwall, through the dramatic scenery of Dartmoor, The Cotswolds, The Lake District and ending in the stunning hills and glens of the Scottish Highlands and there are multiple options for signing up, including a single 3 day stage, the full 12 day ‘End to End’, two stages or a team relay. As a result challenge is open cyclists of varying abilities.

Individual cyclists signing up to do the charity’s biggest ever cycle challenge end-to-end will pay a £250 registration fee and raise a minimum sponsorship target of £2,750. For a single stage of the challenge, there is a £150 registration fee and commitment to raising at least £1,250 in sponsorship. Teams of four riders riding one stage each will pay a group registration fee of £400 and must raise at least £4,000 collectively.

The full information pack can be downloaded HERE or click HERE to register and find out more.

Photo: In countries such as Malawi the training of 160 driving instructors so far has meant around 30,000 drivers being instructed by these professionals, improving standards across the continent, whilst the MAMaZ Against Malaria programme in Zambia, now being expanded, has seen the disease cut by 96% saving the lives of dozens of children.