Transaid charity riders set off on Cycle Tanzania challenge
30 professionals from the transport and logistics industry will raise more than £115,000 by cycling 400km across Tanzania. The challenge will support international development charity Transaid.
The challengers, who represent 20 major companies including Michelin, Lafarge Tarmac and DHL Supply Chain, will spend five days on their bikes, starting on the east side of Mount Kilimanjaro and finishing at the Ngorongoro Crater.
Among the group heading to Africa is first-time participant Peter MacLeod, Editor of SHD Logistics magazine, who found an innovative way of reaching the £5,000 fundraising target he set for himself. He explains: “My sister is a well-known food critic and a regular guest on Masterchef so I thought it would be a novel idea to auction an evening of her time at this year’s SHD Logistics Awards.
“With the chance to accompany her on a restaurant review, bidding was fierce and the winning bid was a very generous £1,200, which really helped me to exceed my fundraising goal.”
Each participant will raise a minimum £3,300, with some taking the challenge further and setting higher fundraising targets, including Robert Jervis, director of Multimodal who has raised more than £5,000 and Dave Howorth, supply chain director at General Mills UK, who has already raised more than £6,000 and has set his sights on a final target of £7,000.
Gary Forster, CEO of Transaid, says: “Our challengers provide us with vital funds used to support our projects in Africa, which are aimed at improving road safety and access to healthcare and livelihoods. We are very grateful to all those who have taken on this challenge and for all those who have supported them with generous donations. We wish the cyclists the best of luck on what will be the challenge of their lives.”
The full list of companies participating is: Alpine Travel, B & Q, Belkin Ltd, Clarion Events, Clipper PLC, DHL Supply Chain, DFDS Seaways BV, Dunnhumby, the Environment Agency, General Mills UK, H & R Gray Haulage, Hermes, Informa Exhibitions Ltd, JB Transport, Labyrinth Logistics Consulting, Lafarge Tarmac, Michelin Tyre, PF Whitehead Ltd, and Yorkshire Bus and Coach Sales.