SSI Schaefer has been delighted to support David Berry, Logistic Engineering Project Manager at Marks & Spencer Engineering Logistics in his recent quest to join Cycle Zambia to raise much needed funds for Transaid.

David, a keen cyclist and active supporter of a number of charity events both on and off the bike, decided to take on this challenge to help, in particular, the maternity support Transaid offers to mothers often located in sparsely populated, rural communities, usually many hours from medical assistance. This has a special connection as David’s wife is a community midwife and knows only too well the vital work that is needed here.

Set amongst stunning scenery and natural wildlife, the epic 5-day 490km endurance ride began in the capital Lusaka, and culminated in a spectacular finish at the Victoria Falls in Livingstone. Throughout the journey the riders were able to stop at various check points and meet the local villagers, getting a first-hand insight into their daily lives.

David Berry commented, “The ride from beginning to end was fantastic. The terrain was challenging, ranging from tarmac roads to traditional dirt tracks making it tough going at times. But the camaraderie was incredible, with individuals from all walks of life sharing a common goal which helped us get through the 490km journey. As a single rider heading out there it was great to meet so many wonderful people and see Africa in its untouched and beautifully natural state.”

With help from sponsorship partners such as SSI Schaefer and numerous well-wishers, David raised a hugely impressive total of £8600 with the overall event across nearly 50 riders, raising a record breaking £234,500. These much needed funds go directly to Transaid which transforms lives through safe, available and sustainable transport, sharing expertise with partners and governments in Africa to empower people to build the skills they need, with a particular focus on access to health services, driver training and road safety.