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Countdown begins to Transaid Week 2009

International development charity Transaid is preparing for the second annual ‘Transaid Week’ following the success of last year’s event, with a target to raise at least £20,000.

Due to take place between Monday 29 June and Friday 3 July 2009, Transaid Week provides a great opportunity for supporters to further raise awareness of Transaid across the industry.

Chris Saunders, Chief Executive of Transaid explains: "Transaid Week is a great way to motivate employees and to highlight the huge need for investment in transport skills and knowledge across the developing world. Our work is vital to improving access to healthcare, education and increased economic capacity to tackle poverty. It is thanks to the transport and logistics industry that we exist and more than ever, we need your support to continue making an impact in communities which need it most."

Funds raised from this year’s event will go directly towards supporting Transaid’s vital work to improve transport efficiency across Africa, including current projects which are focused on improving access to healthcare for women and children in northern Nigeria and increasing driver training standards to improve road safety in Zambia. As an example, raising just £200 can pay for Transaid to deliver a two week driver training course for a truck driver in Zambia.

BBC Radio 2’s Sally ‘Traffic’ Boazman, a long-term supporter of Transaid, adds: "Transaid Week is a fantastic opportunity for people to get involved and give their support. I visited Africa on the Transaid Cycle Kenya Challenge in 2007 and witnessed the real devastation and carnage that can be caused on the roads by crashes involving commercial vehicles. Please give your support today and help make Africa’s roads safer."

Transaid’s website includes a dedicated fundraising section providing a complete A-Z of possibilities and opportunities for members of staff and employers to raise money for a good cause. Activities can be as simple as a dress down day, football tournament or office quiz, right through to a formal company ball.

Transaid has produced a special fundraising pack to support Transaid Week and charitable opportunities throughout 2009. To receive a free copy, simply contact the Transaid marketing team at marketing@transaid.org or telephone 020 7387 8136. Packs can also be downloaded from 1 May by visiting www.transaid.org.

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