Friday, December 9, 2016

Freight Transport Association Members Put Their Money into Charity

Another Big Donation for Transaid from the Logistics Sector
Shipping News Feature
UK – The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has presented transport charity Transaid with a cheque for £70,000, representing the funds raised by its members over the past three years through the annual membership renewal scheme. Transaid, an international development organisation and a favourite among many in the transport and logistics industry, aims to improve people’s quality of life in the developing world by making transport more available and affordable. It works by sharing skills and knowledge with local people to enable them to put in place and manage efficient transport systems. FTA Deputy Chief Executive, James Hookham said:

“We are delighted that FTA members have shown such generosity and goodwill in raising this fantastic sum over the past three years in order to support the important work that Transaid carries out to save lives in Africa and the developing world.”

In total the FTA scheme has raised £211,300 for Transaid since it started at the end of 2009, giving members the option to make a donation along with their annual FTA membership fees. The presentation was made Hookham to Jo Godsmark, newly appointed Chair of Transaid, in front of 250 delegates at the final event in the FTA Transport Manager Conference series sponsored by Iveco. Jo Godsmark, commented:

“We are delighted that the FTA and its members continue to support Transaid’s work to such a significant extent. These funds, together with support from the wider transport industry, are vital in allowing Transaid to invest in research into new transport solutions, such as our original work on the bicycle ambulances, and have allowed us to establish a series of effective HGV driver trainer programmes to combat the escalating problem of road deaths in Africa.”

Photo: Transaid spends its donations on improving the lives of people across Africa with support for transport infrastructure in areas where communications are difficult.