Archives for August 2015

AGLEF Donates Freight Services to the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation

American Global Logistics Employee Foundation (“AGLEF”) has partnered with the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, Inc. to donate our containerized freight services to the capital city of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (“DR Congo”). The DR Congo is the second largest country in Africa and has a population of over 75 million people.

AGLEF helped the foundation to consolidate and ship donated medical supplies and life-saving medical equipment. The shipment also included a new fifteen seat passenger van purchased by the foundation.

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Founded by NBA Legend Dikembe Mutombo, the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation a non-profit 501(c )(3) organization is dedicated to improving the health, education and quality of life for the people in the Congo.  One major project was the construction of the Biamba Marie Mutombo hospital where they strive to provide quality health care to people regardless of their economic situation. To date, the hospital which opened in 2007 has treated over 140,000 patients.  

Dikembe Mutombo who will be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in September was overjoyed by AGLEF’s donation of the freight services. Mutombo said, “getting donated medical supplies is one thing, but getting a donation of freight services is another thing entirely. This is the first time in 17 years that we have been able to ship a 40′ container to the DRC absolutely free.  I am truly grateful that AGLEF offered to help us in this way.” 

The passenger van will help to transport visiting physicians and other volunteers who come from abroad to help at the hospital. Just last month, 32 volunteers with the Starkey Hearing Foundation traveled to Kinshasa for Phase 5 of their “So the World May Hear” campaign. During their 10 day visit at the hospital, over 2,000 deaf or hearing-impaired patients were fitted for new, free hearing aids.  Also on that trip was SEE International (Surgical Eye Expeditions International) where Dr. Helena Ndume and her team from Namibia and Dr. Scott Hickman from the U.S. successfully performed free cataract surgeries restoring sight for 107 men, women and children at the hospital. Dikembe and Rose Mutombo also facilitated in the distribution of 550 pairs of new reading glasses and sunglasses donated by the Fulbright Association/Georgia Chapter to patients at the hospital and at the Centre Ophtalmologique de Masina.·Midway during the trip, Dr. Lillian Schapiro from Peachtree Women’s Specialists in Atlanta, GA joined the other volunteers and along with the hospital’s medical team performed 24 surgeries in five days. Dr. Schapiro also provided cost-effective instructions to Congolese doctors and midwives for the prevention of postpartum hemorrhage. 

If you would like more information about the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, please visit www.dmf.org  

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AGL VA Office Participated in the Local Back 2 School Event

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On August 1, 2015 the AGL VA office participated in the local Back 2 School Event. The event helps Martinsville and Henry County kids get the vital items needed to make the upcoming school year a big success. Each child is brought in and told the story of Emmanuel “Manny” Ohonme  a man that over 30 years ago received a gift of a pair of tennis shoes that forever changed his life. Manny eventually became a professional basketball player but never forgot that his entire career was in part due to the kindness of someone donating a pair of shoes. Manny went on to create Samaritan’s feet to help other kids all over the world get a pair of shoes that they would not otherwise have. Thru this program The Community Fellowship a church in Collinsville saw an opportunity to help kids get shoes and other needed items to prepare for school. The program has expanded to include multiple churches in our area. The VA AGLEF donated $500  to help this worthy cause as well as volunteered at one of event locations to help make an impact on our community. The kids not only receive a pair of shoes during this event, they also are able to go into the clothes closets and pick at least one outfit to have for the upcoming year and then they are given a backpack full of school supplies including paper, pencils, crayons, and glue. The kids were also given a bagged breakfast or bagged lunch to take with them. This is the third year that the AGL VA office has participated in this event and also the third year that the AGLEF helped to sponsor the event. The AGL VA office looks forward to continuing to help kids in our community.  

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AGL Helped the SPCA During Their Second Annual Putts for Mutts Golf Tournament

The AGL VA office partnered with the SPCA of Martinsville and Henry County to help support the second annual Putts for Mutts golf tournament. The event took place at Chatmoss Country Club on July 23, 2015. 84 golfers participated including members of the AGL staff to help raise funds for this organization. Concessions and raffle tickets were sold to benefit the SPCA. The event included a chance to win $100,000 and a vacation for one week in Hawaii.  Many other prizes included gift cards to local restaurants and stores for special prize golf holes throughout the course. The AGL team helped to register golfers and provide players with their hats and swag bags upon arrival as well as watching prize locations for potential grand prize winners and serving concessions. In total over $10,000.00 was raised during the event to help care for local animals while they are waiting for their forever home. A special thank you to Jim Mills Nissan Chrysler Dodge and Jeep Automotive for their platinum sponsorship of this event. The AGL VA office is committed to help the SPCA of Martinsville and Henry County in various events throughout the year in an effort to help raise awareness about this worthy cause and ensure all of the animals are able to find their forever home.

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Rooster Walk Sponsorship

Rooster Walk and American Global Logistics have again partnered together to continue the Repair and Replace program created in memory of Todd Eure in 2014. The program allows people to donate used band instruments to Rooster Walk. Rooster Walk then has the instrument repaired and donated to a local school’s band program. To continue the great work coming from this program American Global Logistics donated $1,000.00 in memory of Todd Eure a former AGL employee. Eure was an avid band member from fifth grad until his graduation from City school in 2000 including jazz and marching bands. “What a great way to honor someone’s life by passing on a love for music and band to a child that may not otherwise get this type of opportunity” said Blake Shumate AGL General Manager.

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