UKWA celebrate 75th Anniversary in the presence of Transaid Patron HRH The Princess Royal
On the 27th June at the Dorchester Hotel in London, our corporate members UKWA celebrated their 75th anniversary and annual awards lunch in the presence of Transaid Patron HRH The Princess Royal, marking the occasion by raising over £15,000 for Transaid.
After lunch, Her Royal Highness spoke to guests about Transaid’s beginnings as a logistics charity founded by the CILT and Save the Children, the importance of the logistics sector and UKWA’s prestigious history. Transaid CEO Caroline Barber also gave an update on the MAMaZ Against Malaria programme, which is reducing child mortality from malaria in rural Zambia, and is the chosen programme of UKWA’s fundraising activities.
In their most ambitious fundraising campaign yet, the UKWA have pledged to raise £75,000 over the course of their 75th anniversary year to celebrate reaching this important milestone. Over the afternoon, guests helped raise an impressive £15,338.15 towards this target.
£3,838 of this total was raised with a game of ‘Heads or Tails’, in which guests were invited to guess the outcome of a coin toss in a knock-out tournament, with prizes awarded to the final three contestants. The prizes of a 0.75 L, 1.5 L, and 3 L bottle of champagne were kindly donated by Warehouse and Logistics News.
The rest of the total was raised later on in the day through a bicycle ambulance pledge auction led by host Paul Martin, during which guests donated a total of 23 bicycle ambulances collectively worth £11,500. The bicycle ambulances will be used in Zambia as part of the MAMaZ Against Malaria scale-up, providing rural communities with a way to transport children diagnosed with severe malaria to medical facilities, where they can access potentially life-saving treatment.