Friday, January 17, 2014

Transport Charity Thanks the Freight and Logistics Industry for Generosity in 2013

Donations from the Industry Have Made a Real Impact on Everyday Life for Tens of Thousands
Shipping News Feature

UK – AFRICA – With 2013 marking its 15th year anniversary as an independent organisation and charity, Transaid has revealed that it raised an impressive figure of over £243,000 through fundraising activities and campaigns, a total we here at the Handy Shipping Guide helped contribute towards with the not inconsiderable contents of the office swear box. Members of the freight, logistics and road haulage sectors took part in a number of special and challenging events, including a trek up Mount Snowdon, a cycle ride from London to Amsterdam and another more adventurous cycle ride across Uganda.

Transaid was also the beneficiary of a number of trade events and employees’ fundraisers in 2013. Funds raised from ticket sales, auctions and raffles held at award evenings such as the Women in Logistics Ball and the Transport News Scottish Rewards, industry shows such as Multimodal, and internally organised company events, contributed more than £45,000 to the total.

The money will keep the charity’s African projects running, which are designed to improve standards of road safety, as well as access to health and livelihoods. If you are unfamiliar with Transaid’s good works take a look at its website to see the type and quality of the projects it undertakes to upgrade and initiate transport links which can improve, and even save, lives.

Transaid was originally founded as a transport sub-charity within Save the Children after its patron The Princess Royal realised 25% of the charity’s budget for relief work in Ethiopia was being spent on transport in emergencies due to lack of high level transport expertise. Transaid became independent in 1998 and since then the Princess Royal has played an active role as Transaid’s patron and in 2013 hosted the charity’s showcase at Buckingham Palace.

Since its formation Transaid has run more than 150 projects in 25 countries, and works to implement local transport solutions in Africa and developing countries. One of its successful projects, the Emergency Transport Scheme in Nigeria, has helped over 10,000 women in labour get to medical facilities and the programme is being scaled up within the country. Gary Forster, Transaid’s Chief Executive, said:

“Our 15th anniversary year has been truly special thanks to the generous backing of our supporters. We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped us raise such a fantastic sum of money this year which will make a real difference to so many lives. We hope you will continue your support for Transaid in the future and we’re looking forward to what we can achieve together in the next 15 years.”

The charity also added to its fundraising total by exceeding its Christmas campaign target of £15,000, raised through its festive e-card appeal. Remember you can still do your bit to support the excellent work undertaken by Transaid simply by clicking HERE and donating through the charity’s JustGiving Page.

Photo: It’s not just about training professional drivers and mechanics, these bicycle ambulances have improved healthcare over vast areas.