Everyday people do not usually think of truckers are activists. But the emergence of Canada’s Freedom Convoy, America’s People’s Convoy, and the professionals raising money and awareness about the war in Ukraine could forever change that perception.
Like the U.S. and EU nations sending support to entrenched Ukrainians, a group of trucking and logistics professionals quickly organized an effort to gather funds. Calling themselves Trucking & Logistics Professionals for Ukraine, organizations donated over $300,000 in humanitarian aid in less than 72 hours.
“The people of Ukraine are currently in dire need of assistance, and we want to do everything in our power to bring humanitarian aid to them,” Dominic Zastarskis, CEO of GP Transco, reportedly said. “We started by reaching out to the trucking companies near us in Illinois; with 16 companies currently on board, we are in talks with two dozen other companies in our industry. The people of Ukraine need our help; contact GP Transco directly if you’d like to join us. We don’t have ties to Ukraine nor an office there — it just seems like the right thing to do.”
The compassionate early donors of $10,000 to $50,000 associated with Trucking & Logistics Professionals for Ukraine reportedly included the following.
- GP Transco
- MoLo Logistics
- RJW Logistics Group
- AITIM Consulting
- Unlimited Carriers
- Arka Express
- Brite Logistics
- GTS Transportation
- KGZ Transport
- Highboost Corporation
- HMD Trucking Inc.
- Cadence Premier Logistics
- MB Global Logistics
- Artur Express
- Fleet Advantage
- Carriers Edge
- Pilot Flying J
- Bond Transit
The humanitarian aid money continues to pour in and another $50,000 was reportedly donated on March 2.
Social media posts surrounding the People’s Convoy integrated messages in support of Ukraine. Some placed convoy images with the heading “Ukraine Freedom Convoy,” among others. Cabs and semis recently lining the roadways around Chicago for the People’s Convoy were reportedly advocating for an end to pandemic mandates and also threw their support behind Ukraine’s resistance.
“We want from the U.S. government to support Ukraine – to support Ukraine,” organizer Stefan Nojek reportedly said at the scene.
Freight transportation professionals involved in Ukraine aid understand getting financial support and goods to people inside the embattled nation remains a challenge. Some are directing generous donors to established humanitarian non-profits. Others are leveraging ties in neighboring regions to funnel support.
“Giving to Ukraine directly, it’s kind of a tricky thing right now because they’re having a hard time buying things within Ukraine that they need,” GP Transco Vice President Sergey Bort reportedly said. “The more doable thing is finding a neighboring country that is helping Ukraine, and things are purchased from the outside – from Poland, from Lithuania – and brought across the border of Poland for people to use for medicine and stuff like that. It’s a lot more efficient because, in Ukraine, most of everything is closed.”
For more information or to donate, visit Trucking & Logistics Professionals for Ukraine at tlpu.net