Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Transport and Logistics Personnel Pedal Their Way Into a Record

Transaid Cycle Ride Across South Africa Raises Huge Cash Total
Shipping News Feature
UK – SOUTH AFRICA – A team of 40 intrepid cyclists from across the transport and logistics industry safely completed Transaid's 450 kilometre Cycle South Africa challenge last week, after five gruelling days in the saddle. Their efforts have so far raised more than £207,000 for the international development organisation, Transaid's largest ever fundraising total from a single event.

During the challenge from the De Doorns to Cape Agulhas, the team battled steep climbs, fierce headwinds and enjoyed some of the country’s most stunning scenery while raising vital funds for Transaid’s life-saving programmes. Commenting on her experience of the challenge, Joan Aitken, Traffic Commissioner for Scotland, said:

“I am no athlete so 300 miles in 5 days was a major challenge for me, but I wanted to seize this challenge and raise a significant amount of money for Transaid. Completing the ride was an unbelievable achievement and I am incredibly proud to have been part of a group of like-minded individuals all pulling together, digging deep and raising money for such a worthwhile cause. Having visited Africa and cycled on its roads, I now have an even greater appreciation for what Transaid is working hard to achieve here.”

The funds raised will go towards Transaid’s programmes, which transform lives through safe, available and sustainable transport. Transaid’s next Africa cycle challenge will be Cycle Zambia, finishing at the Victoria Falls. Transaid’s Head of Fundraising, Florence Bearman, who joined the Cycle South Africa challenge commented:

“This was one of the toughest fundraising challenges we’d ever created and the team dedicated a phenomenal amount of time, blood, sweat and tears into training for the ride. It was fantastic to have been a part of it, and it made me all the more appreciative of the amazing industry support we enjoy.”

The 40 cyclists who took part in Cycle South Africa represented more than 20 firms from across the industry, including Backhouse Jones Solicitors, Clipper Logistics, DFDS Seaways DV, DHL, H&R Gray Haulage, Hoyer Petrolog UK, Informa Exhibitions, Impact, Labyrinth Logistics Consulting, LDH (La Doria) Ltd, Leapfrog Marketing, Michelin Tyre, Microlise, Office of the Traffic Commissioners, Oxford Bus Company, Renault Truck UK, Road Transport Media, Stewart Oades Associates, Tarmac, TRS Tyres, W H Bowker, Yorkshire Bus and Coach Sale and Z-Tech Control Systems.

Those interested in getting involved with Cycle Zambia should contact Florence Bearman at florence@transaid.org for more information.