£15,500 raised at the inaugural Transaid Cup

Microlise Group and Libra Europe hosted Transaid’s first charity football event on 13th July, helping to unite the transport industry to raise money for our life-saving projects in sub-Saharan Africa.

13 industry teams took to the pitch at Ilkeston Town Football Clubs’ Microlise Ground, helping to raise £15,500 in support of Transaid’s latest fundraising initiative: The Transaid Cup.

The tournament featured a 7-aside format, with Michelin Riverside going head-to-head with Michelin Factory in the final match, stealing the crown with a 1-0 victory. Other teams in attendance on the day included Dawsongroup, Goodyear, GXO, Kinaxia, Lytx, MAN, MEP Hire, and the RHA.

Transaid is grateful to Creed Foodservice for its sizeable donation of food and drinks, which players and spectators were able to purchase, with all proceeds going directly to Transaid, and Employ Recruitment who also provided sponsorship to support the event.

All money raised will directly support Transaid’s mission to transform lives through safe, available, and sustainable transport, by improving road safety and access to healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa.

Our work with local communities, government agencies, and the private sector to develop sustainable transportation systems and advocate for policy changes that enhance mobility and improve road safety will be strengthened by this significant sum raised.

The Transaid Cup offered multiple avenues for participation, including team registrations, spectating, volunteering and company sponsorship. Our JustGiving page –  The Transaid Cup – JustGiving is still open for donations.

Our CEO, Caroline Barber said: “We are incredibly grateful to Transaid’s long-term corporate partner Microlise, and the team at Libra Consulting for the level of effort put into making the inaugural Transaid Cup such a great success.

“We would also like to thank the event sponsors for their generous donations, Ilkeston Town F.C for hosting the tournament, and all of the individuals in the teams that participated. The funds raised will contribute significantly to sustaining and developing our programmes in sub-Saharan Africa, ensuring professional drivers can safely leave for a day’s work, and people can access healthcare when they need it most.”

Also speaking about the event, Nadeem Raza, Microlise Group’s CEO, said: “We are delighted to collaborate with Transaid and Libra Consulting on this dynamic fundraising initiative, to engage with the transport and logistics industry and rally support for Transaid’s life-saving work.

“The event not only offered an exciting day of sporting competition but also the opportunity to contribute to a worthy cause. By raising funds through the Transaid Cup, we have helped Transaid to expand its reach and deliver essential transport solutions to those who need them the most.”

Transaid is incredibly grateful to all of individuals and organisations that made the event such a great success, and to the 2023 teams – none of this would have been possible without your participation.