Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Logistics and Transport Charity Calls For Adventurers To Cycle And Trek Across Africa

‘Chance of a Lifetime’ for Freight Workers
Shipping News Feature

UK / TANZANIA / ETHIOPIA – International development charity Transaid is calling for members of the freight haulage and logistics industries to participate in two brand new African challenges for 2010 and 2011 that the organisation is arranging following the success of its Cycle Zambia 2009 event, which raised over £100,000.

Transaid is hoping its two new challenges - Cycle Tanzania (6 – 14th November 2010) and Trek Ethiopia (4 – 12th February 2011) - will have even greater success with the money raised going to support Transaid’s projects in Africa, including their Professional Driver Training initiative in Zambia, which aims to reduce the number of road crashes in a region where road deaths are the third biggest killer after HIV/AIDS and malaria.

Other projects include the charity’s AID’s awareness and prevention courses for truck drivers, who have been recognised as a major contributor to the virus’ spread through lack of awareness.

Chris Saunders, Chief Executive of Transaid, says: “Our Transaid Africa Challenges really do support our work to reduce the 1.2 million people killed around the world each year in road crashes – a massive proportion of which occur in developing countries. They also provide an unforgettable experience which helps to promote personal development.”

Cycle Tanzania 2010 will comprise a nine day challenge with five days of cycling and cover 420km. Participants will start in Dar-es-Salaam and travel along the coastline of the Indian Ocean as well as through nature reserves and national parks before ending in Morogoro.

For the walkers amongst you Trek Ethiopia 2011 provides an opportunity to explore the hinterland of Ethiopia, trekking over 60km through the spectacular scenery of the country’s highlands.

Beginning in Addis Ababa, the group will hike though dramatic landscapes close to the spectacular Simien Mountains, and observe some of Africa's most spectacular animals and birds, before finishing in the historical town of Gonder.

Chris Dolman of ATS Euromaster, who took part in Cycle Zambia 2009, said that: “It was a fantastic ‘once in a lifetime challenge’ that I would highly recommend to anybody. Being able to see at firsthand the work that Transaid do and then experiencing the issues these countries face with their road networks brought the whole context of the challenge to reality.”

Participants will need to be fit and be required to pay a £299 registration fee and be able to raise £3000 in sponsorship. Anyone interested in more information on the Transaid challenges can find it on their website, call 020 7387 8136 or email April McGhee at

So for those of you who have made a New Years resolution to do something a bit more adventurous in the future this might offer the solution. And because the focus is on transport projects you might get away with planning it at work and maybe squeezing some sponsorship out of the boss!

(pic: The Simien Mountains, Ethiopia)