LONG BEACH, Calif., Dec. 8, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — UTi Worldwide Inc. (Nasdaq:UTIW), a global supply chain services and solutions company, is proud to announce that its charitable foundation Delivering Better Lives (DBL) will be funding the building of a new Out Patients Department at Bwaila Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi. The new department will make a substantial difference to doctors and nurses as well as the thousands of people who attend the hospital each week – many of whom currently have to wait outside, sometimes up to 12 hours, before being seen.
The project in Bwaila Hospital is one of more than ten new initiatives due to be launched before the end of the year and will mean that DBL has supported 40 new projects in 2015, with the foundation currently funding projects from Argentina to Zimbabwe.
This year UTi Worldwide team members have run, recycled, and even eaten ‘Freakin Hot Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches’ to help raise money for good causes. As well as these individual efforts, staff from across all 59 countries in the UTi network took part in the company’s annual Global Walkathon and community week, raising almost USD 60,000.
The money raised by UTi employees has, since DBL’s launch in 2007, helped millions of people around the world, by funding projects that contribute to making a difference to local people in the countries where UTi operates. Some of the programs DBL is currently supporting include:
-- renovating and extending an orphanage in South Africa; -- funding the implementation of a water storage and irrigation program in Peru; -- providing school equipment and building a new library in Bangladesh; and -- rebuilding a children's home, following an earthquake in New Zealand.
Glenn Mills, DBL Executive Director, said: “At Delivering Better Lives we believe we have a responsibility to help the people less fortunate around us. Through the dedicated work of UTi team members, we work with local communities to find projects which are making a real difference and identify what help we can provide, putting in place the infrastructure that allows the benefits to be sustained over the long term.”
For more information on DBL, go to: http://www.go2uti.com/delivering-better-lives.
About UTi Worldwide
UTi Worldwide Inc. is an international, non-asset-based supply chain services and solutions company providing air and ocean freight forwarding, contract logistics, customs brokerage, distribution, inbound logistics, truckload brokerage and other supply chain management services. The company serves a large and diverse base of global and local companies, including clients operating in industries with unique supply chain requirements such as the energy and mining, retail, apparel, chemical, automotive, pharmaceutical and technology industries. The company seeks to use its global network, proprietary information technology systems, relationships with transportation providers and expertise in outsourced logistics services to deliver competitive advantage to each of its clients’ supply chains.
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