A team of four from telematics and fleet management solutions provider Microlise are set to head to South Africa this weekend, to take part in the Cycle South Africa challenge – taking place between 10-19th March – organised by international transport development charity Transaid.
Part of a group of 40 riders from across the transport industry, the Microlise team will take on a challenging route which will see them travel 450km over just five days, in extreme heat and in tough terrain.
The team include Andree Corden, Marketing & Events Co-ordinator, Jennifer Walton, Senior Business Analyst, Mike Lockwood, Products Portfolio Manager, and Mark Young, Senior Field Service Engineer.
“Cycle South Africa will certainly be a tough challenge for the four of us, as well as the rest of the riders in the group,” commented Walton. “But we’re up for the challenge and committed to raising a healthy sum for Transaid, which does such great work improving standards and developing transport infrastructure where it is most needed.”
“The training has been tough for all of us, but we feel as ready as we can be ahead of flying out to South Africa. We know it will be difficult and challenging, but knowing we are raising money for such a worthwhile cause will certainly make it all worthwhile.”
Money raised from the event will go to Transaid projects across the developing world, which focus on putting in place transport infrastructure in countries and regions where it is needed most, and improving driver standards in countries where road fatalities are exceptionally high due to poor standards of equipment and driving skills.
In recent years, Transaid put in place a bicycle ambulance scheme in Tanzania, which transports pregnant women and others needing urgent medical care to clinics and hospitals. Such people were previously unable to reach the medical care they urgently needed, but this has changed to due to the Transaid project and lives have been saved as a result
Microlise has been supporting the charity with its telematics technology, allowing Transaid to track assets in the field and monitor improvements in driver skills following the training their projects have provided. Microlise telematics technology will be used to track the Cycle South Africa team during the event, allowing supporters to keep tabs on the progress made by the team as it travels the 450km route.
Founded by Save the Children, The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), and the Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, Transaid shares 25 years’ worth of expertise in 23 countries with partners and governments – empowering communities to build the skills to transform lives.
Images include: Mike Lockwood, Jennifer Walton, Andree Corden, Nadeem Raza – CEO, Microlise
Microlise telematics and proof of delivery solutions help its customers reduce costs and the environmental impact of their fleet operations. This is achieved by maximising vehicle utilisation, increasing operational efficiency and improving economy and safety; whilst helping to deliver the very best customer experience by providing real-time visibility of the fleet against schedule.
A privately owned business based in Nottingham in the UK, Microlise invests significantly in research and development annually to ensure its solutions continue to be underpinned by market-leading technology. Microlise helps its customers to save more than £175m each year in fuel costs and reduce CO2 emissions by hundreds of thousands of metric tonnes.
Transaid transforms lives through safe, available, and sustainable transport. Founded by Save the Children, The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), and its Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, the international development organisation shares 25 years’ worth of expertise in 23 countries with partners and governments – empowering people to build the skills they need to transform their own lives.
Transaid’s core work includes creating transport management systems for the public sector and assisting with the provision of professional driving qualification development and the training of driver trainers. It also assists with teaching preventive vehicle maintenance management and introducing local, low cost transport solutions including its innovative bicycle ambulance. Transaid also helps promote road safety awareness and shares its specialist knowledge with the humanitarian aid sector.
Transaid enjoys strong backing from the transport and logistics industry and the active involvement of its patron, HRH The Princess Royal.