session at FIATA 2014. Picture Right—at the official opening ceremony
Turget Erkeskin, (right) President Utikad (Association of International
Forwarding and Logistics Service Providers in Turkey) greets FIATA
President Francesco Parisi (left).
FIATA President Francesco
Parisi puts it this way:
“This remarkable and spontaneous concern
and contribution just goes to highlight what quality the FIATA Membership
has and what can be accomplished when we enthusiastically combine our
strengths and generosity into the action of one determined body with good
At their annual shindig at Istanbul last
week, FIATA raised $110,000USD to help fight the Ebola outbreak and pledged
its worldwide resources at the service of the various international bodies
taking action against the epidemic.
Maybe it was the venue in beautiful Istanbul,
a locale with an undeniably big heart, but we think everyone in transportation
can learn from FIATA’s grand gesture.
The amazing, on-the–spot fundraising
demonstrates freight forwarders’ deep concern and willingness to
drop all pretense and move to stem this terrible disease.
Monies are earmarked for Red Cross/Red Crescent
and Medecines Sans Frontieres in equal portions.