Thirty professionals from the transport and logistics industry battled stifling heat, rugged terrain and unforgiving altitudes to raise a staggering £133,000 for international development charity, Transaid – the largest sum ever raised for the organisation in a single challenge or event.
The cyclists pedalled an impressive 400km across Tanzania over five days in order to raise vital funds towards Transaid’s work developing safer and alternative transport systems, improving access to livelihoods and healthcare for people in Africa. Starting next to the famous Mount Kilimanjaro and ending at the beautiful Ngorongoro Crater, the participants faced steep inclines and overcame mental barriers, many pushing themselves further than they thought possible, for this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Commenting on his experience of the challenge, Alan West, Efficiency Manager at DHL Supply Chain said: “It was rewarding to see first-hand how Transaid can support the transport infrastructure and safety in Africa. Although difficult, Cycle Tanzania was ultimately the most rewarding experience of my life and it allowed me to get involved in something so life changing.”
Transaid’s Event Manager, Florence Bearman, who took part in the challenge, said: “I am incredibly proud of the group for exceeding our fundraising goal, their own individual targets and for completing such a challenging ride. Our next Africa challenge is Cycle South Africa in early 2017 and I’m looking forward to raising the bar even higher.”
For more information or to find out how you can support the charity visit www.transaid.org.
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.
For further press information:
Aggie Krasnolucka-Hickman at Transaid +44 (0)20 7387 8136