Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Road Haulage Group's Pallet Service in Romania Carries More than the Weight of Freight

Fund to Help Disabled Children Linked to Every Shipment
Shipping News Feature

ROMANIA – Pall-Ex Romania, the first palletised freight network to launch in the country and part of TV entrepreneur Hilary Devey’s road haulage group, has created a new charity scheme to help disabled children in Romania. For every pallet of goods that goes through the network’s hub in Sibiu, Pall-Ex Romania donates five Euro cents (€0.05) to SOS Children’s Villages (SOS Kinderdorf), which cares for youngsters with various disabilities.

Each of the network’s members donates into the fund, which has now raised €2,300 for the charity. To make sure that the children get the maximum benefit from the hauliers’ contributions, Pall-Ex Romania uses it to donate goods such as washing machines, fridges, freezers, cookers, vacuum cleaners and televisions. So far, 15 goods have been donated to the local SOS Children’s Village centre to improve the children’s quality of life and ease their care. Network CEO Danor Ionescu, said:

“We are very pleased that every single member of Pall-Ex Romania has donated into the ‘Hope for the Future’ scheme. Making donations in this way means that we can make sure the children are cared for adequately and get a proper start in life, and that more people are able to help SOS Children’s Villages.”

Largely as a result of head of state Nicolae Ceauşescu’s ban on abortion and contraception throughout his 22 year reign, and his seizure of assets to pay off debt in 1982, the condition of orphans and disabled children who were neglected under the Communist regime horrified anyone who witnessed them when the socialist leader was overthrown (and subsequently executed) in 1989. An echo of past cultural failings still lingers in Romania and, with activities in the country for the past 20 years, SOS Children’s Villages is also present in another 133 countries worldwide whilst in Romania itself the charity supports over 1000 children in need who have lost, or risk to lose, the care of their families.

Photo: Taken in 1989 when the scandal of neglected disabled and abandoned children came to light. Last year it was reported that over 70,000 children still remain in state care.