CHARITY RIDERS SET OFF ON CYCLE TANZANIA CHALLENGE

5 June 2015

An intrepid group of 30 professionals from the transport and logistics industry will this month (June) raise more than £115,000 by cycling 400km across Tanzania in support of international development charity Transaid.

The challengers, who represent 20 major companies including Michelin, Lafarge Tarmac and DHL Supply Chain, will spend five days on their bikes, starting on the east side of the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro – the most famous mountain in Africa – and finishing at the Ngorongoro Crater.  

Among the group heading to Africa is first-time participant Peter MacLeod, Editor of SHD Logistics magazine, who found an innovative way of reaching the £5,000 fundraising target he set for himself. He explains: “My sister is a well-known food critic and a regular guest on Masterchef so I thought it would be a novel idea to auction an evening of her time at this year’s SHD Logistics Awards.

“With the chance to accompany her on a restaurant review, bidding was fierce and the winning bid was a very generous £1,200, which really helped me to exceed my fundraising goal.”

Each participant will raise a minimum £3,300, with some taking the challenge further and setting higher fundraising targets, including Robert Jervis, Director of Multimodal who has raised more than £5,000 and Dave Howorth, Supply Chain Director at General Mills UK, who has already raised more than £6,000 and has set his sights on a final target of £7,000.

Gary Forster, CEO of Transaid, says: “Our challengers provide us with vital funds used to support our projects in Africa, which are aimed at improving road safety and access to healthcare and livelihoods. We are very grateful to all those who have taken on this challenge and for all those who have supported them with generous donations. We wish the cyclists the best of luck on what will be the challenge of their lives.”

The full list of companies participating is: Alpine Travel, B & Q, Belkin Ltd, Clarion Events, Clipper PLC, DHL Supply Chain, DFDS Seaways BV, Dunnhumby,  the Environment Agency, General Mills UK Ltd, H & R Gray Haulage, Hermes, Informa Exhibitions Ltd, JB Transport, Labyrinth Logistics Consulting, Lafarge Tarmac, Michelin Tyre PLC, PF Whitehead Ltd, and Yorkshire Bus and Coach Sales.

For more information or to find out how you can support the charity visit www.transaid.org.

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Note to Editor:

Transaid (www.transaid.org) is an international development agency that aims to improve people’s quality of life in the developing world by making transport more available and affordable. It was founded by Save the Children and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK) and works by sharing skills and knowledge with local people to enable them to put in place and manage efficient transport systems.

Transaid’s core work includes creating transport management systems for the public sector and assisting with the provision of professional driving qualification development and the training of driver trainers.  It also assists with teaching preventive vehicle maintenance management and introducing local, low cost transport solutions including its innovative bicycle ambulance. Transaid also helps promote road safety awareness and shares its specialist knowledge with the humanitarian aid sector.

Transaid enjoys strong backing from the transport and logistics industry and the active involvement of its patron, HRH The Princess Royal.

Aggie Krasnolucka-Hickman at Transaid +44 (0)20 7387 8136

For further press information:

Beth Laws or James Keeler at Garnett Keeler +44 (0)20 8647 4467, or by email to beth.laws@garnettkeeler.com or james.keeler@garnettkeeler.com

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Transaid (www.transaid.org) is an international development organisation that aims to improve people’s quality of life in the developing world by making transport more available and affordable. It was founded by Save the Children and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK) and works by sharing skills and knowledge with local people to enable them to put in place and manage efficient transport systems. Transaid’s core work includes creating transport management systems for the public sector and assisting with the provision of professional driving qualification development and the training of driver trainers. It also assists with teaching preventive vehicle maintenance management and introducing local, low cost transport solutions including its innovative bicycle ambulance. Transaid also helps promote road safety awareness and shares its specialist knowledge with the humanitarian aid sector. Transaid enjoys strong backing from the transport and logistics industry and the active involvement of its patron, HRH The Princess Royal.