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Transaid is searching for 30 individuals from the logistics industry to take part in its 2007 challenge – Cycle Kenya – which hopes to raise £90,000. The event will take place from 10-19 November 2007. The Transaid group will cycle over 250 miles across Kenya’s Rift Valley. Chris Saunders, chief executive of Transaid, says: “This trip represents an opportunity of a lifetime for people to see a unique part of the world and to set themselves both a mental and physical challenge, while helping to benefit a charity that is making a real difference in Africa.

Petar Cvetkovic, chief executive of Target Express, has completed the 26 mile ING New York City Marathon this month, raising over £7,000 for children’s charity, 21st Century Kids. The road race took Cvetkovic through all five boroughs of New York City, passing the renowned Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building on his way. After a gruelling four hours and eighteen minutes, he completed the marathon with an average of 9.52 minutes per mile. This put him in the top half of the finishers out of the 37,000 starters.

He said: “Running the marathon was a fantastic opportunity to push my physical boundaries, but most importantly to raise a substantial amount of cash for an extremely worthwhile cause. At Target Express, we are always raising money in support of charities that are close to our hearts, and 21st Century Kids is one that is very close to mine. The money raised will help to improve local children’s lives, which in the long run will make a difference to all of those involved.”

Having raised over seven thousand pounds for 21st Century Kids, this put Cvetkovic among the top ten individual fundraisers for the charity. Based in the northwest of England, 21st Century Kids uses the money raised through fundraising and sponsorship events to support a variety of local groups that work with disadvantaged and disabled children.

Recently, Target Express also had a successful fund raising for the Breast Cancer Campaign by taking part in the ‘In the pink’ event, which saw employees from depots around the UK dress in pink for a day.

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics put on a star performance, when provided logistical support for Bon Jovi’s “Have a Nice Day” world tour. It helped Cargo World Logistics with storage and distribution services across Europe, Hellmann’s premium SystemPlus package provided an integral component of the supply chain for promotional merchandise.

Merchandise for the entire European leg of the tour, including tee shirts, programmes and promotional materials were stored at Hellmann’s depot at London Heathrow, before being distributed to venues across the continent using the SystemPlus time-guaranteed delivery service.

Mercedes-Benz CharterWay is working with national cancer charity Hope for Tomorrow on the UK’s first mobile chemotherapy unit. It is providing the 18 tonne Axor, which will be converted to a chemotherapy unit designed to treat six patients at a time, servicing the Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire regions. The Axor will have capacity to treat up to 20 people a day and is intended to alleviate the burden on patients who often have to make lengthy journeys for the lifesaving treatment. Charity Hope for Tomorrow, which is raising the £150,000 for the project, is the idea of Christine Mills, whose husband died after losing his own battle with cancer.

Employees at local distribution company Frederick R Miller, based in Shackleford near Guildford, are more used to being behind the wheel than on foot, but they raised over £2,000 for charity by walking 12 miles – in the pouring rain.

Staff and friends and family, braved the elements to make the journey from Shackleford to Thursley and back, but were rewarded well by stopping at a few pubs along the route to refuel and dry out. Frederick R Miller, a member of Palletways, are looking to raise £100,000 for Everyman, the scheme helping to drive out male cancer. Frederick R Miller and around 100 other members of the Palletways network are looking to raise a total of £100,000 for Everyman.

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