Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Freight and Logistics Help Wanted to Boost Truck Safety with Transaid

Now is the Time to Transport Something Back to Your Industry
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UK – AFRICA – WORLDWIDE – The good name of the freight and logistics community is at stake and international transport development charity Transaid needs your help to make the launch of its 2012 campaign a success. The next month sees the start of Transaid Week and transport industry professionals are being urged to make a difference this summer and perform challenging fundraising feats in the week between 2nd and 6th July under the theme ‘Challenge Yourself for Transaid’.

The charity is hoping to raise £15,000 as a result of the week by encouraging the transport and logistics industry to sign up and participate in all manner of fundraising awareness and events. One key supporter of Transaid’s work is celebrity traffic presenter Sally Boazman, who helped raise money through a 425km cycle ride across Kenya’s Rift Valley in 2007. Sally said:

“My trip to Kenya was one of the most rewarding adventures of my life and really tested my limits so I can definitely say I’ve challenged myself for Transaid! One thing that kept me going throughout was thinking about all the lives that would be helped with the sponsorship money.

“Transaid Week is an excellent opportunity for people in the transport and logistics industry to do just the same. It doesn’t matter what challenge you decide to undertake – from a simple sports tournament to a staff pie eating contest! What matters is that you get involved, have some fun and help raise funds so Transaid can continue its vital transport projects across Africa."

Women in Logistics has already teamed up with Transaid to hold a summer charity ball on July 6. The event will be held at the Chesford Grange Hotel in Kenilworth, near Warwick, and will include a gala raffle, live music and dancing. Tickets are available online costing £80 per head or £750 for a table of 10, with a proportion of the ticket price donated to Transaid.

All funds raised will go towards Transaid’s work in the developing world, including the Professional Driving Training Projects in Zambia and Tanzania, which aim to reduce high levels of road deaths by providing quality training to bus and truck drivers. Every piece of assistance helps develop safety in our industry, no matter how small, so step up and join the effort to make the freight and logistics industry a safer place in some of the areas of the world which really need it.

To find out more about Transaid Week, or to make a donation, log on HERE or visit the charity’s Facebook and Twitter pages. To discuss getting involved in a challenge call Aggie Kransnolucka-Hickman on +44 (0) 20 7387 8136 or email aggie@transaid.org  

Meanwhile a great example of what can be achieved has got under way as a team of 25 challengers from across the UK transport and logistics industry prepares for the fundraising challenge of a lifetime, cycling more than 450km across Madagascar, in aid of international development charity Transaid. The group – which has set a target of raising £100,000 – will set off on the gruelling adventure to the island country in the Indian Ocean on Friday 15th June, with a day’s acclimatisation in the capital of Antananarivo on the Saturday, before the main event begins in earnest on Sunday.

The five-day ride will see the team covering an average of 90km per day, starting out on tarmac roads from the city and passing through villages and rice paddies. Beyond the smooth blacktop lies broken tarmac with deep potholes, sharp ascents and descents, dusty off-road trails, steep undulations, river crossings over floating bridges and crowded urban streets packed with markets, cyclists, cars and pedestrians.

Proceeds from the event will benefit vital Transaid initiatives across Africa. In Madagascar Transaid is working to reduce child and maternal mortality rates by providing better transport solutions. Flooding in remote parts of Madagascar can leave communities cut off for up to 10 months of the year, with little or no access to transport and the vital supplies most of us consider daily essentials.

Supporting the challengers’ in-country is International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI), which has made a generous donation to help fund Transaid’s work, but is also covering the cost of internal flights for the challengers. Executives at ICTSI have also arranged a mid-cycle visit to the Port of Toamasina – its own major logistics terminal. Narlene Soriano, Head of Public Relations at ICTSI, says:

“Transaid’s work in Madagascar and across the developing world is helping to save lives and improve quality of living in some of our remotest communities. We salute Transaid’s commitment, and look forward to welcoming the challengers from the UK, whose hard work is set to benefit a very worthwhile charity.”

The 25 participants represent major organisations including the CILT, DHL, GKN Freight Services, Hankook Tyres, Michelin, Mike Mundy Associations, PS-PPP Consult, Simms Recycling Solutions, Transport Exchange Group, Transport for London, United Biscuits, Volvo Truck, Wincanton and Woodland Global. The group returns to the UK on Saturday 23 June.

To sponsor the team visit their justgiving website HERE and help support the most worthwhile of causes.

Anyone interested can follow the team on the Transaid BLOG HERE which is covering the event.