BITA Members who attended the 75th Anniversary Dinner at Thinktank, Birmingham on January 18th raised £2,690 for our charity partner Transaid.
With prizes generously offered by Toyota Materials Handling (UK) Ltd, Michelin Tyres, Collect+ and Backhouse Jones Solicitors, guests were invited to make a donation to Transaid to win a chosen prize in a ‘Canadian’ raffle, whereby they could select the particular prize they were gunning for.
Caroline Barber, Chief Executive of Transaid, made a short presentation during the evening, and afterwards praised the guests for their outstanding generosity: “These crucial funds will help Transaid to transform lives in Africa. It will help us to train commercial drivers and FLT operators to reduce death and injury on the roads and in the workplace.” She described the figure raised by such a relatively small group as “an incredible amount”.
The total of £2,690 was reached later that evening in the hotel bar – whilst members mingled with the cast of Strictly Come Dancing who were staying in the same hotel, a ‘selfie’ craze led to some very substantial personal donations to the Transaid fund!
BITA is a proud supporter of Transaid, and encourages its members to engage with the charity. Transaid transforms lives through safe, available, and sustainable transport. As an international development organisation that shares expertise with partners, Transaid empowers communities to build the skills they need to transform their own lives. It has strong and wide-reaching links with the UK logistics industry, and several BITA Members are corporate supporters. If you would like to find out more about Transaid, its programmes, its fundraising challenges or its corporate membership scheme, please contact Florence Bearman, Head of Fundraising, at firstname.lastname@example.org.