Thursday, August 29, 2013

On Your Bike to Raise Cash for Road Haulage Charity Once Again

Three Days on the Road to Amsterdam Will Bring Rich Rewards for Safety in Africa
Shipping News Feature

UK – THE NETHERLANDS – AFRICA – There are still places left for road haulage charity Transaid’s London to Amsterdam cycle ride, a three-day event from Romford to Dam Square which is due to start on September 13. Organisers hope to raise £120,000 for the Professional Driver Training Project, which aims to improve driving safety standards in sub-Saharan Africa. The ride has already attracted great interest within the industry, and has also acquired the sponsorship of bus and rail company Abellio. Assistant Operations Director at Abellio Lorna Murphy, who is participating alongside seven colleagues, said:

“We have all been training hard and our team has raised £15,000 so far. We hope to have smashed our target of £20,000 by the time we get to the finish line.”

Joining Abellio for the ride includes teams and individuals from Norbert Dentressangle, DHL, Marks and Spencers, TfL, Clipper Logistics, Lafarge Tarmac, Atkins, Wincanton, Collect +, Crossrail, last year’s sponsors Bandvulc Tyres, Transaid, Sky High Technology, SKM, Delin Capital, Alpine Coaches, Transport Times, Goodyear Dunlop Tyres, and Backhouse Jones. Transaid’s Chief Executive, Gary Forster, commented:

“Our first European cycle event from London to Paris was tough for the participants but they all had a fantastic time and raised a phenomenal sum for the charity. We hope this year’s ride from London to Amsterdam will be just as much fun and, as more people are taking part, we are hoping the combined sponsorship total will be even higher.”

Anyone interested in taking part in the 335 kilometre ride should contact Florence Bearman at Transaid on +44 (0) 20 7387 8136 or email  Each rider pays a registration fee of £105 and must commit to raising a minimum £1,600 for Transaid.

For those of you (or us) too busy, lazy, fat, tired or unfit (Editor’s Note – tread carefully lass) to take part in this event you can make a difference to the Transaid efforts to help with vital transport development throughout Africa by contributing. Salve your guilty conscience either by supporting one of the riders or donating to Transaid via their website or the JustGiving facility.

Photo: Good care will of course be taken of competitors’ equipment as usual.