tsunami caused devastation. Let us have your comments on
the Asia Bus Response initiative.
On behalf of Stock Transportation, I would like to thank you and
your team for your perseverance and commitment to the Asia Relief
cause. For most of the world, 11 months feels like a long time ago
and memories fade. However, for the people so horribly impacted by
their lives must surely still be in turmoil and in need of continued
support by people and associations like yours.
I am sorry our Canadian buses were not accepted by the governments
you work with. Please know that you can depend on Stock for future
support when matters are resolved. Stock retires buses on an annual
basis and will be happy to contribute to your cause again in the
Keep up the great work.
Louise Dyer, Purchasing Manager, Stock Transportation Ltd, Canada
have been following the progress of Asia Bus Response with admiration
and wish to congratulate, on behalf of Hanover Coaches, everyone
involved in making this brilliant project a reality. Well done.
Salim Somji, CE, Hanover Coaches Ltd
“Like everyone else I was shocked when I heard of the tsunami in the Indian Ocean. When I realised the devastating effect on the region in terms of sustaining life in the immediate and medium term future, I wondered how best Trent Barton could help in practical tangible terms.
“Asia Bus Response provides the answer to that question. This is a collective bus industry response to the transport needs of a region where mobility is desperately needed to help people re-establish their lives and rebuild their economies. I commend this initiative and I am very pleased to pledge Trent Barton vehicles to the initiative.
Brian King, Managing Director, Trent Barton
The Asia Bus Response has been a hugely generous and brilliantly
innovative initiative by the UK Bus and Coach sector. Islamic Relief
is proud to be associated with this project and is very grateful to
the organisations concerned for their generosity and support. Asia
Bus Response is a fine example of the British public’s solidarity
with the victims of the tsunami catastrophe.
Islamic Relief is now starting the reconstruction phase in the
affected areas. The buses donated through Asia Bus Response will be
central to our mid to long term plans, to get the victims back on their
feet by helping them to rebuild their homes and their livelihoods.
On behalf of the governments and peoples of Indonesia and Sri Lanka,
Islamic Relief offers heartfelt thanks.
Waseem Yaqub, UK Manager, Islamic Relief
What a good idea Asia Bus Response is! The importance of buses
in less developed areas can't be underestimated. They're vital
in the infrastructure of the local area, used to transport people
and their produce everywhere, to markets and trading centres.
The best of luck with the appeal.
Paul Hughes, Equador
The UK bus and coach sector has already given generously to the
appeal in both vehicles and money, but this has been a catastrophic
disaster and we need to ensure this generosity continues.
I would urge transport operators, local authorities and parts suppliers
to dig deep and release the resources that will mean so much to help recovery.
Demand for vehicles, spares and equipment is going to grow fast as roads that
were swept away are re-built and vast areas become accessible once again.
We cannot begin to comprehend the devastation that has hit transport infrastructure.
Without these vehicles it will be impossible for whole regions to get back to
normal life. I urge you all to be as generous as you can.
Prof. David Begg, Chair, Commission for Integrated
As with any natural disaster there is great danger that, after the initial
outpouring of support, memories fade and the world loses sight of the
long term consequences.
Although the DEC and charities encouraged cash donations, money must be converted
into tangible goods and human effort. By the provision of buses and coaches,
Asia Bus Response is offering not only a practical response but is
also helping the region to re-establish it's infrastructure.
The freedom of movement of people and goods not only assists in the rebuilding of
the region but the ability to move around by bus or coach will also give
a boost to the morale of those who have suffered so much.
Barry Prior, Senior Partner, Wedlake Saint Solicitors
A little help is worth
the world to those desperately in need. Asia Bus Response is not only a highly
practical appeal, but serves to bring together a whole
industry in support of a single humanitarian goal. I hope everyone will take
this appeal seriously and support it with the enthusiasm it deserves.
Gwyneth Dunwoody, MP; Chair, House of Commons Transport
Transport is the lifeblood of any community. No community needs life more than those that have suffered in the tsunami. We owe it to them to help them rebuild their lives.
Sir Bill Morris, Secretary General, Transport & General
Workers Union, 1991-2003
The tragic events of Boxing Day have left us all thinking , "what can I do to
help?" The bus industry has responded magnificently to this challenge
by providing real practical assistance to these stricken areas.
Baroness Ros Scott, LGA & CfIT
One couldn't help but be moved by what we saw on television over the Christmas and New Year period. I believe it is beholden on those of us who live in more fortunate areas of the world to do what we can to assist those people whose lives have been effected by the utter devastation of the tsunami, to get back on their feet.
John Owen, Managing Director, Thamesdown Transport
With so many lost and so many left suffering by the Asian tsunami, it is natural to want to help. I, like many others, have made a financial contribution but am left wanting to do more. We are lucky to work in an industry where people come first and this characteristic has allowed Asia Bus Response to be created. I can't think of a more practical and selfless way to assist the people most affected than by giving them a bus and seeing them use it to help re-build
Robbie Watson, Transport Information Development Manager, Essex County Council
Until a couple of weeks ago a tsunami was something I had only read about in my daughter's geography school project work. As television coverage has unfolded we have all learned something of the power of nature and the almost unbelievable scale of the resulting devastation. No-one can fail to have been moved by the graphic scenes, made all the poignant by their coincidence with Christmas.
Transport is at the heart of economic and social activity anywhere in the world, and if the UK bus industry can provide equipment to help re-establish viable communities and begin the process of reconstruction, will be delighted to do so.
Chris Moyes, Chief Executive, Go-Ahead Group plc
It took a few days for the scale of awfulness to register; the tsunami was beyond my comprehension and so totally indiscriminate. I made a financial donation - who didn't?, but the awfulness got worse as numbers of dead rose across so many countries, and the grief and suffering became at times unbearable. I kept asking myself what else I could do. How could I practically help some of the people
who had lost all they had and everything they loved? Then I realised
I had friends in the bus industry who felt the same way, and Asia
Bus Response was created.
Mitch de Faria, Director, The Event Makers
PR & Event Manager, The Bus Industry Awards
We were all shocked by the events of Boxing Day 2004 and many of
us feel we should do more to help the situation in Asia. By working in partnership, the bus industry and local authorities can help in a unique way to get economies moving again. Transport is the lifeline of all communities throughout the world and we must do what we can to help
Andrew Varley, Info & Marketing Group
Manager, Transport Policy,
Lancashire County Council