FINAL FEW PLACES REMAIN FOR CHARITY CYCLE CHALLENGE

27 August 2013

Last minute challengers from the transport industry are being invited to join Transaid’s London to Amsterdam cycle ride – a three-day event from Romford to Dam Square which begins on September 13.

Forty-five riders have already signed up to take part in the 335km ride, sponsored by bus and rail company Abellio, which organisers hope will raise more than £120,000.

Funds raised from the event will enable Transaid to continue its vital projects which save lives and reduce poverty for rural communities across Africa by providing them with better transport solutions.

Transaid’s Chief Executive, Gary Forster, says: “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.”

Abellio’s Assistant Operations Director, Lorna Murphy, who is participating alongside seven colleagues, says: “Abellio has worked with Transaid for a number of years and with our parent company being Dutch, we’re delighted to be able to sponsor the London to Amsterdam challenge.

“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, Bandvulc Tyres, Transaid, Sky High Technology, SKM, Delin Capital, Alpine Coaches, Transport Times, Goodyear Dunlop Tyres, and Backhouse Jones.

Anyone interested in taking part in the event should contact Florence Bearman at Transaid on 020 7387 8136 or email Florence@transaid.org . Each rider pays a registration fee of £105 and must commit to raising a minimum £1,600 for Transaid.

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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 TheChildren 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 HIV, AIDS and 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.

For further press information:

Aggie Krasnolucka-Hickman at Transaid             +44 (0)20 7387 8136
Faye McBride or James Keeler at Garnett Keeler +44 (0)20 8647 4467

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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.