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April 19, 2011
(Aurora, COLO) – Graebel Movers International, Inc., and Graebel Movers, Inc. have joined forces to perform logistical short-term storage service and removals for the philanthropic organization, Crutches 4 Africa. The non-profit, Crutches 4 Africa, distributes crutches, canes, walkers and wheel chairs at no charge to Africans in need, regardless of race, tribe, age, gender or religion.
According to Jim Petzel, president of Graebel Movers International, Inc., “A Crutches4Africa sponsor, The Rotary Club, contacted Graebel for assistance having found that their local members needed a dependable warehousing and shipment preparation solution from a global company able to cost-effectively forward containers filled with mobility devices to ports in Africa. With our footprint, and attractive forwarding rates resulting from the Graebel International’s high-volume freight annually, along with the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative that we launched several years ago, Graebel was an ideal fit.”
Graebel Movers’ coast to coast centers in the U.S. will warehouse and prepare goods for export. Logistical services including forwarding for Crutches 4 Africa goods will come from the Company’s newest global service, Graebel | CONNECT™, that manages and exports small-sized shipment consolidations for customers who must move under strict time constraints. Graebel | CONNECT specialists will orchestrate the donated goods shipments from Los Angeles, New York City, Seattle, Houston and Miami ports that are nearby Graebel centers.
The leader in healthcare relocation and commercial workplace services another division, Graebel Commercial Services, will promote Crutches 4 Africa to its clients should these organizations wish to donate. Scott Snead, senior vice president stated, “Mobility devises that are no longer needed by Graebel employees and their families can be donated. So too, our healthcare clients can donate these products throughout the year. Because our organization has close working relationships with the most respected healthcare firms that have also adopted CSR initiatives, we believe that this charitable avenue will be welcomed by our clients, as they expand or remodel their footprints.”
About Crutches 4 Africa
When producing a documentary in Uganda, polio survivor David Talbot, saw how people afflicted from polio, birth defects, and other maladies were rejected in their communities. Knowing people living in developed countries that have recovered from a twisted ankle or operation often discard their mobility devices – an idea was born – Crutches 4 Africa. Within a few years, thousands of crutches, canes, walkers and wheel chairs have been distributed at no charge to Africans in need. By 2019, Crutches 4 Africa goal is to distribute one million pairs of crutches. Visit: www.Crutches4Africa.org
About Graebel Companies, Inc.
Founded in 1950, Graebel is a relocation and moving company that provides worldwide relocation and move management services, domestic U.S. and international moving and storage services, freight forwarding, and commercial office moving and workplace services. Divisions include Graebel Relocation Services Worldwide, Inc., Graebel Movers International, Inc., Graebel Commercial Services, Inc., Graebel Van Lines, Inc., Graebel Movers, Inc., and Move Management, Inc. The World Headquarters is in Aurora, Colorado and on-the-ground services are performed in 153 countries, and its centers are located throughout the U.S., and in Prague, the Czech Republic, and Singapore. Graebel is a privately-held company that boasts a strong balance sheet, proprietary technology for business intelligence reporting and employs an extensively background-checked and trained employee workforce. Clientele include respected firms in the Fortune 500 and the global 100. Graebel was ranked number one among relocation companies in a recent ‘HRO Today’ Baker’s Dozen survey. Among its multiple industry-first innovations is the launch of the moving industry’s first relocation and move managements apps. To learn more visit: www.graebel.com
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