UKWA Awards raises almost £5,000 for Transaid

During the United Kingdom Warehousing Association’s (UKWA) latest Annual Lunch and Awards event at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London, almost £5,000 was raised for Transaid.

UKWA’s guest of honour – Veteran broadcaster, journalist and author – John Humphrys hosted the event, sharing insights and stories, answering questions from the audience, and presenting the trade association’s prestigious Awards.

Speakers also included the Minister for Employment at the Department for Work and Pensions Mims Davies, a welcome address from UKWA CEO Clare Bottle, and an introduction to Transaid from CEO Caroline Barber. Caroline thanked UKWA and the industry for their continued support of Transaid, before sharing updates on many of Transaid’s live programmes in road safety and access to healthcare across sub-Saharan Africa.

Caroline said: “Since we were last together we have been busy scaling our road safety work, despite the challenges that COVID-19 has brought. We are now implementing large road safety programmes in Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Working as always with local partners, as well as national and regional governments.

“We have also been supporting warehouse colleagues working in the public health supply chain across Zambia with training that has incorporated a crucial COVID-19 response.”

£2,785 of the 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 a bottle of Taittinger Brut Reserve champagne awarded to the final contestant.

The rest of the total was raised through pledge cards during the event, with attendees having the option to fund training for two female drivers through Transaid’s programmes in Uganda or Ghana, or to purchase a bicycle ambulance. The latter is an important component of the MAM@Scale programme, and used to provide rural communities in Zambia with a way to transport children diagnosed with severe malaria to medical facilities.

Transaid thanks Huboo Technologies, Miniclipper Logistics and Potter Space for their generous pledge card donations, and all of the attendees for their support of Transaid during the event, as well as UKWA, one of our corporate members, for kindly hosting Transaid as the beneficiary charity during the Awards.

Transaid offers congratulations to all of the Award winners, and also to the finalists, for their outstanding achievements over the past year. Find out more about UKWA and the 2021/22 Awards here.