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    TRANSAID LONDON TO BRUSSELS CYCLE RIDE VIA BRUGES

    Support Scott Whittlestone of Flexi Narrow Aisle

    TRANSAID LONDON TO BRUSSELS CYCLE RIDE VIA BRUGES

    12-15 SEPTEMBER 2014

      TRANSAID CHALLENGE OVERVIEW • Distance: approximately 340km • Duration: 3 days cycling   Transaid is a UK based international development charity. They identify, champion, implement and share local transport solutions to improve access to basic services and economic opportunity for people in Africa and in other developing countries. Transaid was founded by Save the Children and The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and the Patron is HRH The Princess Royal.    Why We Support the Transaid Cycle Challenge Transport is essential for life but the reality for many people across Africa and the developing world is that access to transport is poor, inadequate or unreliable. It is particularly concerning in relation to healthcare, road safety and livelihoods.   Road crashes kill an estimated 1.3 million people each year. In sub-Saharan Africa, road deaths are the third biggest killer behind HIV/AIDS and malaria. Transaid have trained nearly 5500 commercial drivers in Africa through their Professional Driver Training Programme, resulting in a significant reduction in collisions and deaths. Last year alone, they trained 2368 PSV drivers in Tanzania, dramatically improving safety especially for school children in rural areas. Up to 40% of the harvest can be lost due to inefficient transport, lack of trained drivers and impassable roads in rural areas. Rural and smallholder farmers often find it impossible or face severe delays in reaching markets, dramatically affecting their potential income. Transaid is working with partners in Ghana, Uganda and Ethiopia to develop community focused and effective solutions to improve livelihoods. Flexi Narrow Aisle are this year supporting the Transaid Cycle Challenge by sponsoring one of their senior managers who will join the Transaid team on the 340km course to raise money to find their aid programme through 2014.   Please help if you can by giving at:   https://www.justgiving.com/Scott-Whittlestone/    


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