MAN Truck & Bus UK are pleased to announce their continued support of the life-changing charity Transaid and in doing so, to sponsor a three-man team in the Cycle Malawi 2022 challenge.
The two-wheeled adventure, which will run from October 1-9, will see cyclists traverse Malawi, the country commonly referred to as the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’.
In the International Development Organization’s 10th Africa Cycling Challenge, the MAN team, along with 33 other riders from the transport and logistics industry, will be in the saddle for five days covering an average of 96 kilometers per day at temperatures up to 84°F and above.
Stefan Thyssen, Managing Director of MAN Truck & Bus UK Ltd, said: “I would like to thank everyone across the business who has expressed an interest in taking part in this epic adventure, it has generated such interest that we have literally had to draw names. of a hat. I know I speak on behalf of the entire MAN Truck & Bus team when I wish our ambassadors, Kate, Tom and Craig, the best of luck in their unique opportunity.
Traveling a route classified as ‘difficult’, the MAN Truck & Bus UK volunteer team of Kate Carter (MAN Truck & Bus UK Truck Sales), Tom Gosbee (MAN Truck & Bus UK TopUsed) and Craig Shannon (MAN Truck & Bus Manchester Parts Manager) will travel almost 500 kilometers and will thus have the unique opportunity to discover Malawi and rural Africa far from the tourist trails.
After four days of crossing the country, the penultimate day on horseback includes an afternoon tackling the Zomba Plateau, a magnificent table-shaped mountain that rises to over 2,080m and presides over the surrounding region.
Stefan added: “This event offers an incredible opportunity to be part of something truly special, with teams from across the industry coming together to raise vital funds for an incredible and very special charity. Over the years, the Transaid Charity has delivered countless professional driver training programs, which has led to a more skilled driver fraternity and, at the same time, opened up access to much needed healthcare across the Malawi.
Founded by Save the Children, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), and its sponsor, HRH The Princess Royal, the international development organization shares 25 years of expertise in 23 countries with partners and governments – giving people the means to build the skills they need to transform their own lives.
Of the mammoth journey ahead of them, Kate Carter said: “The opportunity to be a MAN brand ambassador whilst supporting a fantastic charity which is transforming lives by helping to provide a professional driver training programme, is going to be an amazing experience. As an avid cyclist my first thought was – would love to be a part of this and then looking at the Transaid website I read that 75% of maternal deaths could be prevented if there was better access to care birth-related, my decision was made, I can’t wait.
Tom Gosbee commented: “I am delighted to have been chosen to join the Cycle Malawi 2022 Challenge as an ambassador for MAN Truck & Bus UK. On reflection, I don’t feel like I’m doing enough to support charities in my everyday life, but that’s about to change and the idea of helping Transaid and the great work that they do is just the beginning.
“Until recently, my parents lived in South Africa, helping and working with local schools and charities. Through them, I have seen the difference their efforts have made to people’s lives, so well ways, I’ve seen firsthand the positive impact these types of events can have,” concluded Tom.
Craig Shannon added: “It will be an honor to represent MAN at this event while raising funds for such an incredible charity. Having organized and participated in the MAN 20 Years Transaid Cycle Challenge 2012 (North West event), it will be an absolute pleasure to travel to Africa exactly 10 years later and raise even more money for Transaid and the fantastic work that they accomplish.
Transaid works in two key areas, road safety and access to healthcare, to solve two of the greatest transport challenges in sub-Saharan Africa. Transaid’s road safety work aims to influence safe driver behavior with long-term programs in Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, addressing local needs for improved driver training and truck, bus, motorcycle and forklift drivers.
On the health access side, Transaid works with local partners and communities to strengthen access to health services, mainly in rural areas. They also work to strengthen health supply chains in collaboration with local partners and governments.
For more information and to find out how you can support the organisation, visit www.transaid.org