Bishopsgate are very proud to support Transaid again this year as it has done for many years. Bishopsgate joins many leading UK logistics companies in this support, and I wanted to spread the word of the great work done by Transaid, now in its 21st year.
Founded by Save the Children, The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), and its Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, the international development organisation focusses with local organisations and Governments to empowering people to build the skills they need to transform their own lives.
Transaid’s first project was 20 years ago in April 1988 in South Africa. Since then Transaid has transformed lives through more than 50 projects in 20 countries securing £9m from major donors including Comic Relief, DFID, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and USAID.
The charity delivers aid in Africa and has a unique logistics focus having already trained 28,000 students at its Driver Training Centres set up in Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia. Transaid has transported 25,000 people to Medical Facilities through its Emergency Transport Schemes in Madagascar, Nigeria, Uganda and Zambia
I first became aware of Transaid whilst working for Mike Daly in the first half of 2000’s. Transaid is very close to Mike’s heart having supported them from the very beginning. Mike grew his business DTS Logistics, which focused on garment logistics and adding value in the retail sector, until it was acquired by Clipper Logistics in 2005 where Mike now continues in a non-Executive role.
Having worked with Mike and his infectious positivity I of course remained in contact and am regularly updated on the latest challenge for Transaid by Mike who is now a Transaid Ambassador. I am currently helping Mike encase and transport a full-size Driving Simulator which has been kindly donated by Clipper and which is being repaired and upgraded by Big Change and is much needed out in Africa at one of the many driver training centres. Mike said “To be honest it not just about raising money but also the challenge. Which of us involved in logistics can resist a logistic challenge? Ultimately, I network with companies like Clipper, Bishopsgate and Big Change to make it happen. Ultimately we all try to put something back by helping communities around the world less fortunate than ourselves in the West”.
Mike went on to explain to me that the bike, as shown, is a model of the Ambulance Bikes Transaid use in remote locations. The real thing is somewhat upgraded for rougher terrain. Transaid take this model to the Commercial Vehicle Show and Multimodal Show to illustrate and raise funds and this is where that money goes.
Mike explains “They cost about £500 and we supply one to each remote village (100km+ from the nearest medical centre) as no cars or even petrol stations exist in remote Africa. The laden stretcher can be easily lifted off by hospital workers. Transaid has put over 100 out into the field and each village has an appointed team of riders who are on 24hour stand by. Very simple but very effective.
Transaid’s goal is for every truck driver to be able to leave for a day’s work without the fear they may not come home because of a lack of training, or dangerous vehicles and roads. Every family should be able to access vital healthcare; nobody should be left behind. Every person should have the opportunity to build the skills they need to transform their future
Transaid are a unique, passionate organisation that works with partners and governments to solve transport challenges in economically developing countries. We couldn’t make a tangible, sustainable difference without our partnerships internationally and our corporate supporters in the UK – for which we are a logical link to transform the wider industry.