Thursday, July 9, 2015

Freight and Logistics Pro's Raise Record Sum for Transaid Charity

Battling Heat and Exhaustion All in a Good Cause
Shipping News Feature

UK – AFRICA – Thirty professionals from the freight and logistics industry battled stifling heat, rugged terrain and unforgiving altitudes to raise a staggering £133,000 for international development charity, Transaid – the largest sum ever raised for the organisation in a single challenge or event. Transaid’s Event Manager, Florence Bearman, who took part in the challenge, said:

“I am incredibly proud of the group for exceeding our fundraising goal, their own individual targets and for completing such a challenging ride. Our next Africa challenge is Cycle South Africa in early 2017 and I’m looking forward to raising the bar even higher.”

The cyclists pedalled an impressive 400 kilometres across Tanzania over five days in order to raise vital funds towards Transaid’s work developing safer and alternative transport systems, improving access to livelihoods and healthcare for people in Africa. Starting next to the famous Mount Kilimanjaro and ending at the beautiful Ngorongoro Crater, the participants faced steep inclines and overcame mental barriers, many pushing themselves further than they thought possible, for this once in a lifetime opportunity. Commenting on his experience of the challenge, Alan West, Efficiency Manager at DHL Supply Chain said:

“It was rewarding to see first-hand how Transaid can support the transport infrastructure and safety in Africa. Although difficult, Cycle Tanzania was ultimately the most rewarding experience of my life and it allowed me to get involved in something so life changing.”

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 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 road safety awareness and shares its specialist knowledge with the humanitarian aid sector.

The next gruelling challenge Transaid has in store takes place later this year in September, when volunteers will set off from the Brecon Breacons in Wales to start a 350 kilometre cycle ride to Dublin, Ireland.

Photo: Refreshments in Africa!