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Transaid surpasses Christmas appeal target

Transaid surpasses Christmas appeal target

International development organisation Transaid has expressed its gratitude to the 46 companies that supported its Christmas appeal 2017, raising an incredible £26,442 to smash its £25,000 target.

Supporters chose from three packages available – gold, silver and bronze – with contributors receiving either a personalised Transaid e-card, its company logo featured in a double page Christmas advertisement – as published on a pro bono basis in Coach & Bus Week, Forwarder, Motor Transport and SHD Logistics magazines – or both, depending on the chosen package.

Commenting on the generosity of the industry, Florence Bearman, Head of Fundraising at Transaid says: “When it comes to the Christmas appeal, we are always so grateful for the support that we receive. The donations have set 2018 off on a fantastic note.”

The money raised from the Christmas appeal will support Transaid’s life-saving work to create and promote driver training initiatives which improve driving standards, ensure safer vehicles and reduce the number of deaths on the road, which is the third biggest killer in sub-Saharan Africa following HIV/AIDS and malaria (Source: The World Bank).

SHD Logistics has been one of Transaid's main partners. Other companies supporting the Christmas appeal were Air1, Associated British Ports (ABP), Backhouse Jones Solicitors, Bandvulc Tyre, British International Freight Association (BIFA), BigChange, BiS Henderson, Bishopsgate Logistics, British Industrial Truck Association (BITA), Century Logistics, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), Clipper Group, Coach & Bus Week, Core Management Logistics (CML), DAF Trucks, Delamode Group, Eminence Logistics, Europa Worldwide Group, Flexi Narrow Aisle, Food Storage & Distribution Federation (FSDF), Forwarder, Freight Transport Association (FTA), Garnett Keeler Public Relations, GEFCO, Go-Ahead Group, Great Bear Distribution, Hiab, Howard Tenens, Integrated Transport Planning (ITP), IVECO, Knights of Old, Labyrinth Logistics, Logistics Job Shop, Logistics Partners, Lytx Europe, Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK, Michelin, Miniclipper, Motor Transport, Neon Shake Advertising, Opal Creative Solutions, PF Whitehead Transport Services, Prolog (Promotional Logistics), Pullman Fleet Services, Renault Trucks, Scania (Great Britain), Volvo Group UK, Wincanton, and Woodland Group.

Transaid sees BigChaange

UK technology company BigChange has become international development organisation Transaid's newest corporate member. It becomes the 35th company – ranging from vehicle manufacturers to some of the largest fleet operators – to commit to long-term support to the industry’s official charity.UK technology company BigChange has become international development organisation Transaid's newest corporate member. It becomes the 35th company – ranging from vehicle manufacturers to some of the largest fleet operators – to commit to long-term support to the industry’s official charity.

BigChange hopes its wealth of industry knowledge and technical expertise will benefit Transaid’s life-saving programmes in sub-Saharan Africa; plus members of its team will have the opportunity to take part in fundraising initiatives.

Martin Port, CEO and Founder of BigChange, says: “Social responsibility is at the heart of our business and we are staunch believers that our small change should help to make a big change in the world we live in. As a fast-growing enterprise that has developed game changing technology for transport and service operators focused around health and safety and operational improvement, we see it as our duty to share our expertise and resources to help communities both near and far to live safely, healthily and sustainably.

“Our activities in road safety means that our relationship with Transaid stretches back over many years, and we’re delighted to be joining as an official corporate partner, supporting the essential work they do in giving communities access to vital healthcare and making roads a safer place in sub-Saharan Africa.”

Port will join a donor trip to Zambia in March 2018 to visit the Industrial Training Centre (ITC), which has been delivering professional driver training in partnership with Transaid since 2008. Donors will also visit the communities involved in the MAMaZ Against Malaria (MAM) project, where Transaid is one of several partners working to develop innovative approaches to improve severe malaria case management in rural and high-burden areas.

Commenting on the upcoming trip, he says: “I am personally looking forward to visiting Zambia, which will be an opportunity to meet the people on the ground who are delivering Transaid’s programmes and the communities whose futures are being transformed.”

BigChange showed great commitment to Transaid during 2017 through a number of donations and events, including bidding £13,000 as part of an auction for two industry expert ‘interns’ – former MAN CEO Des Evans and RHA Chief Executive Richard Burnett – to work for a day in the company. It also held a round table discussion for which £3,000 was donated to Transaid, and bought a bicycle ambulance at the Logistics Awards which went to the MAM project. 

Caroline Barber, Chief Executive of Transaid, says: “We are incredibly grateful to BigChange for their generosity and dedication over the last 12 months. Welcoming them onboard as a corporate member was the natural next step and we are delighted to have their continued support.”

Leeds-based BigChange was established in 2013 and caters to businesses of all sizes with its all-in-one system for planning, managing, scheduling and tracking the mobile workforce and transport operations.

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