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17 Jun 2016
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HOYER Petrolog UK blogger sends despatches from Africa as part of company support for Transaid

HOYER Petrolog UK blogger sends despatches from Africa as part of company support for Transaid

HOYER Petrolog UK has renewed its support for Transaid, the international development charity focussed on professional driver training initiatives in developing countries. The company has previously seconded trainers to deliver driver and hazardous goods training with Transaid. This month one of its leading trainers returns to Africa as part of the scheme for the fourth time and is blogging daily from Malawi as he works with drivers in the country.

Chris Hill, 50, who is Senior Driver Trainer with HOYER based at the Hythe terminal has previously worked in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where he was seconded to Transaid’s Professional Driver Training Project at the National Institute of Transport (NIT) and before that was seconded to the Industrial Training Centre (ITC) in Lusaka, Zambia.

Chris, who lives in Southampton with his wife and three children, Riley 10, Caitlin 15 and Ashlee 20, has described being able to make improvements in driver technique and to improve the handling of dangerous goods as “personally and professionally fulfilling”.

He said: “The most rewarding thing is watching an instructor teach his pupil the way you have taught him to train and seeing the pupil fully understanding his new commands. It is also good to see the trainees benefitting from a new style of driving.

“The work that Transaid have done and continue to do is there for all to see in their commitment towards helping to build transportation and the training of drivers to reduce fatalities in this part of the world.”

Chris Hill is currently blogging about his latest experience of helping improve road safety in Malawi and you can follow his daily updates on a dedicated Facebook page.

As well as support directly through driver training in Africa, Transaid will benefit from a range of company-wide fundraising activities this year.

Allan Davison, Operations Director at HOYER Petrolog UK said: “HOYER is delighted to renew its support for the excellent work that Transaid undertakes. The work undertaken by Transaid has made a real difference in improving road safety and saving lives in Africa. We are proud that industry leading Driver Trainers like Chris Hill are able to contribute to this worthwhile cause. Chris’s blog will bring the experience to life and highlight the important issue of road safety around the world as well as here in the UK and our support for Transaid is in line with the ethos of both our suppliers and customers in placing safety at the heart of everything we do.”

Transaid Chief Executive Gary Forster said: “In order for Transaid to keep improving road safety and standards of professional training in Africa it is vital that we can call on the support of companies such as HOYER UK. The time, expertise and financial support that HOYER offers us is helping save even more lives in countries where we work and we are delighted that the once again is declaring its commitment to making a real difference to Transaid’s work.”

About Chris Hill

Age: 50 years Career history: Driving LGV’S for 32 years including 19 years as Instructor. Worked with Esso for seven years and armed forces for five years before that. Current Job: Full-time Senior Driver Training Instructor for HOYER Petrolog UK Based: Hythe terminal Previous experience with Transaid: Seconded to Transaid’s Professional Driver Training Project at the National Institute of Transport (NIT) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in February 2012 to deliver the first input of driver training there and before that was seconded to the Industrial Training Centre (ITC) in Lusaka, Zambia. Travelled to Dar es salam, Tanzania (October 2014) to conduct two week training programme with Driver Trainers at the National Institute of Transport.

About Transaid:

Transaid (www.transaid.org) is an international development agency that aims to improve people’s quality of life in the developing world by making transport more available and affordable. It was founded by Save the Children and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK) and works by sharing skills and knowledge with local people to enable them to put in place and manage efficient transport systems. 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.

For further press information: Aggie Krasnolucka-Hickman at Transaid +44 (0)20 7387 8136

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