DHL airlifts humanitarian supplies to China's earthquake victims
DHL, the world’s leading express and logistics company continued its relief activities by leveraging on its core competency in logistics to ship 15 tons of relief supplies from Hong Kong to Chengdu City, Sichuan, China on 1 June 2008 for two aid agencies – the Hong Kong Red Cross and the Crossroads Foundation.
The shipping of relief supplies of medical gloves, waterproof fabrics, blankets, sleeping bags, temporary shelters, and other resources was supported by DHL’s joint venture partners – Air Hong Kong and Transmile. These resources were assembled in Hong Kong and airlifted to the Red Cross Society in Sichuan Province to assist the emergency situation.
Red Cross and Crossroads volunteers met the emergency flight in Chengdu and escorted the relief items on a 12 hour journey along partially collapsed roads. The final destination was a village in Qingchuan County, in an area that had been cordoned off due to the spread of disease.
The level of ground support and passion from DHL employees in Hong Kong and China to rally around the cause has been truly inspiring. DHL supported Red Cross and Crossroads Foundation in their relief and rebuilding efforts for the affected communities, with the hope that the efforts of their people and their skill set can help make a difference.