WILMINGTON, Ohio — ASTAR Air Cargo, Inc., has teamed up with its largest customer, DHL, to provide air transport services for humanitarian goods provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to help those injured or displaced by the 8.0-magnitude earthquake that occurred near Pisco, Peru, on August 15, 2007.
The 67,000 pounds of specially processed, ultra-high temperature milk, hygiene kits, blankets, and school kits are expected to help about 5,000 people in need.
“We are thrilled to be able to work with DHL and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to make this mission possible and do our part to help those in need in Peru,” said John Dasburg, ASTAR’s Chairman, CEO and President. “I’m proud to say this was an employee-driven project. It was sparked by ASTAR employees working regularly in Peru and witnessing the destruction and hardship caused by the earthquake. Our concerned employees contacted ASTAR’s Charity Committee to see if something could be done to help.”
The Committee then put out the word to U.S. humanitarian organizations that an ASTAR aircraft would be available for transporting relief supplies to Peru.
Rick Foster, Welfare Services spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said the Church was quick to respond to the invitation.
“We are grateful for the generosity of DHL and ASTAR Air Cargo in providing us the means to transport this much needed relief to those still suffering in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Pisco, Peru,” he said. “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is committed to humanitarian outreach as part of its core mission and is grateful to partner with others in blessing the lives of those in need.”
“We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with other organizations having common humanitarian interests to assist those earthquake victims in need with this shipment to Peru” said Dan Ludwig, senior vice president of Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Management at DHL. “Our aim is to directly apply expertise and resources for logistical solutions to disaster events. Teaming-up with ASTAR and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on this initiative is a strong example of how private industry and non-government organizations can work together to effectively provide relief.”
The cargo, which was transported by the Church to Wilmington, was loaded onto a McDonnell Douglas DC8 and left for Lima, Peru, early Saturday morning. DHL provided ground operational support in Wilmington to facilitate the transport of the shipment. The flight took eight hours, after which the goods were transported to the Pisco area and distributed by the office of Pilar Nores de García, the First Lady of Peru.
The ultra-high temperature milk was provided to the Church by Gossner Foods based in Logan, Utah, and has been specially processed and packaged so that no refrigeration is required until it is opened. According to Peru’s First Lady, food and milk continue to be the most needed items along with shelter.
This project is part of the Church’s ongoing work with Pisco residents to find safe housing, food and water. Thousands of blankets have already been sent and Church buildings in Peru have been used for shelter.
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