Sunday, February 6, 2011

Logistics Charity Plans To Improve Transport Infrastructure

Freight Representatives Hit the Road to Help Others
Shipping News Feature

AFRICA – Transaid, the international development agency founded by Save The Children and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK) that works toward achieving better transport systems in developing countries, is trying to raise money for its Professional Driver Training Projects aimed at improving haulage standards and truck drivers abilities plus increasing the availability of healthcare for pregnant women in Nigeria.

Seven transport industry representatives are taking part in a gruelling five-day trek in Ethiopia - the first of its kind to be organised by the charity. They include John Stocker, Commercial Director at Acumen Logistics; Colin Burman, Head of Logistics at Ann Summers; Clare Bottle, Logistics Specialist at Clare Bottle Limited; Emma Glue, Marketing Co-ordinator at Global Freight Solutions; Karen Kerslake, Head of Marketing and PR at Virgin Atlantic Cargo; John Smith, HR Manager at Wincanton and Stacey McAllister, HR Officer also at Wincanton.

These freight stalwarts intend to hike for up to nine hours each day over the spectacular but challenging Simien mountains, which include peaks more than 4,000 metres high. Beginning and ending their journey in the capital Addis Ababa, participants will travel through Gonder and as far as Bewahit and are expected to encounter a range of wildlife on their journey through the World Heritage site including the Gelada baboon, Simien fox and endangered Walia ibex.

Transaid CEO Chris Saunders said: "This is the first trek we have ever organised and these fundraisers face a difficult test, but it will be an incredible journey and we are very grateful to them for all their efforts. We wish them a safe and successful journey."

If you would like to sponsor this very worthy cause the relevant link is HERE.

Photo: A Gelada baboon plainly delighted at the proposed Transaid visit.