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Your chance to save lives at IMHX

Your chance to save lives at IMHX

Do you have what it takes to become a human forklift? Transaid is offering you the chance to join an exciting new challenge at this year’s IMHX – Lift To Save Lives.

Transaid is an international development charity that works closely with the UK transport and logistics industry, and the challenge demonstrates how vital material handling is to the charity’s transport programmes.

Transaid is looking for teams from exhibitors and visitors to compete in the challenge, which will run over two days on its stand, and will determine who can move the most amount of vaccines. Challenge contestants will represent forklifts – lifting weights and generating watts through the Ski-erg weights machine. This wattage will then be translated into the number of vaccines handled, how many doses could be administered and ultimately the number of potential deaths of children under five that could be averted.

Gary Forster, CEO of Transaid, said: “We’re excited to bring the Lift To Save Lives challenge to IMHX. The challenge highlights the importance of material handling to our life-saving transport programmes in Africa. For example, in Zambia we work in partnership with the Industrial Training Centre (ITC) – a government centre which now trains hundreds of FLT operators annually. These include FLT operators at the central medical stores which is responsible for supplying health facilities across the whole of Zambia.

"As such, the safe and effective use of mechanical handling equipment is helping to ensure that essential medicines and health commodities are picked and despatched on time to over 105 districts. The challenge is also a great way for Transaid to celebrate three years partnering with IMHX. We’re hoping exhibitors will embrace the activity, learn more about what we do, and have fun!”

As well as running the challenge, Transaid will be hosting a joint seminar session with DHL during the exhibition to share best practice from international transport projects. Transaid is also the beneficiary charity of the SHD Logistics Awards, which take place on the Thursday evening (15th September) of IMHX, when a charity raffle and auction will take place.

Peter MacLeod, editor of SHD Logistics – as well as an Ambassador for Transaid – said: “In 2013, SHD set out to raise £10,000 for Transaid during a three-year partnership. To date we have raised £4,500 – so we’re thrilled to have Transaid involved with IMHX and the SHD Logistics Awards this year as it’s a great opportunity to help meet that target.

"The Lift To Save Lives challenge is a way for Transaid to get visitors involved and to show them the importance of material handling standards and training in developing countries. We’re looking forward to joining in and watching the challenge, as well as seeing what great prizes are on offer for the raffle and auction at the SHD Logistics Awards!”

The Lift To Save Lives challenge will run on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th September, between 9am and 5pm. The results from the leader board will be announced after 5pm on Thursday and the top challengers will receive prizes.

To enter a team or for more information on the challenge and Transaid’s work, please contact [email protected], see or visit the Transaid stand (Stand 9B25) during the exhibition.

Exhibitors who are keen to support a charity as part of their IMHX presence are welcome to approach Transaid to talk about working together during the exhibition.

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