Schmitz Cargobull is celebrating its 125th anniversary by becoming the first trailer manufacturer to partner with Transaid, an international development organisation focused on tackling transport challenges in sub-Saharan Africa
By becoming a corporate member of Transaid, Schmitz Cargobull will contribute time, expertise and resources to help transform lives through safe, available, and sustainable transport including professional driver training programmes, transport management systems, and providing rural access to transport.
Corporate supporter activities can include team members working on secondment with Transaid overseas, as well as taking part in fundraising initiatives.
This weekend, Schmitz Cargobull UK and Ireland managing director Alan Hunt will mark the start of the new relationship by taking part in Transaid’s London to Paris cycle challenge.
Hunt said: “To be the first trailer manufacturer to sign a corporate membership deal with Transaid is an honour, and a fantastic way to mark our 125th anniversary. We are thrilled to be able to share our expertise and support with an organisation which is having such an enormous impact on the ground.”
Transaid Chief Executive Caroline Barber commented: “We are delighted to welcome Schmitz Cargobull as our newest corporate member. Their global footprint, commitment to fundraising and wealth of industry expertise will be invaluable to supporting our life-saving work.”
Commenting on the importance of the corporate membership programme, she continued: “When companies pledge corporate support we are given vital unrestricted funds which allow us to test and implement new projects. It’s precisely these kinds of donations which allowed us to develop our first road safety projects in Tanzania and Zambia, and which led to us securing external funding to build the capacity of HGV and PSV driver training in Uganda.”
Set to become one of Transaid’s largest initiatives in Africa, the Professional Driver Training – Uganda (PDTU) project commenced this summer and has been secured in partnership with the German development cooperation’s GIZ E4D/SOGA – Employment and Skills for Eastern Africa, local non-governmental organisation – Safe Way Right Way, the Ugandan Government and the local private sector.