Thursday, June 28, 2012

Get On Your Bike and Say Au Revoir as Freight and Road Haulage Groups Seek Pedal Power

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UK – FRANCE – WORLDWIDE – Transaid, the transport and logistics charity which strives to make life easier for those who suffer hardship through lack of a decent freight and passenger transport infrastructure, has launched its latest money raising initiative in cooperation with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), the Freight Transport Association (FTA), the Road Haulage Association (RHA) and Transport for London (TfL). And all you have to do is cycle from London to Paris!

The five organisations are looking to recruit a 50-strong team to pedal to the French capital this October, collectively raising £100,000 to support Transaid’s Professional Driver Training projects in Africa. Forget what we said about sprinting, the event is to be held over a long weekend between 5th and 8th October 2012 and the challenge is open to any team or individual working within the transport and logistics industry. The group aims to cycle between these two major European cities over three days, covering 310km en route to the finishing line beside the Eiffel Tower.

Amongst those already signed-up to take-part are representatives of the five organisations, including FTA President Stewart Oades, TfL Commissioner of Transport Peter Hendy, Transaid CEO Gary Forster and Transaid Chairman Graeme McFaull and if that doesn’t shame you into going what will?

Transaid’s cycle challenges have become famous across the industry; since 2006 teams of supporters have saddled-up in Malawi, Kenya, Zambia, Tanzania and only last week in Madagascar – raising vital funds for projects in the developing world. Promoting the first European-based event, Gary Forster says:

“The London to Paris cycling expedition offers a shorter-length challenge a little closer to home. It won’t be a walk in the park; the route is graded as ‘challenging’, but with a little preparation, we should all arrive in Paris on time!”

Although usually entered into in high spirits, in addition to providing a breathless form of networking, the ride has a serious purpose summed up by Stewart Oades who comments:

“Taking part is a chance for anyone in the industry to support one of the most important issues of our time, and help reduce the economic and social impacts of road crashes throughout Africa and the developing world.”

The trip will set off through the streets of London and cycle through the countryside towards the port of Dover, before an evening ferry crossing to Calais. On day two the group will cycle from Dieppe through sleepy Normandy villages to Gournay en Bray, with challenging hills to conquer along the way. On day three the surroundings become more urban, passing through the famous Parisian park, Bois de Boulogne, en route to the Eiffel Tower finishing line. Day four sees a chance to explore the sights of Paris, before returning to London for a relaxing journey home on Eurostar. Accommodation en route will be in hotels and participants must pay a £99 registration fee, and commit to raising £1,500 or more.

For further information and to download a registration pack click HERE or contact Aggie Krasnolucka-Hickman at Transaid on +44 (0) 20 7387 8136 or aggie@transaid.org