APL honored for shipping wheelchairs to kids in need



In the past year, container shipping leader APL has volunteered its vessels to transport 875 wheelchairs to impoverishedpeople -- many of them children -- on three continents.  Saturday night the global carrier will be honored for its efforts by United Cerebral Palsy (UCP).

UCP Wheels For Humanity will present APL its International Partner of the Year award at a recognition gala in Los Angeles.  It's the eighth time the nonprofit organization has presented the award and the first time it has gone to an international shipping line.

"We are excited to honor APL at our Spirit of Movement Awards and look forward to a future of sharing our successes with such an important and generous corporate partner," said Brian Miller, Director of Development at UCP Wheels For Humanity.

Staff and volunteers at UCP Wheels for Humanity collect and refurbish used wheelchairs and deliver and individually fit them to impoverished children and adults in developing countries.  Since its inception in 1996, the program has provided wheelchairs to more than 40,000 people with disabilities in 67 developing nations.

Since 2007, APL has transported wheelchairs to patients in Indonesia, Thailand, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Vietnam, and Ukraine.  "We're pleased that we can put our ships and network to good use for people in need," said Robert Sappio, Senior Vice President of the Transpacific Trade at APL.  "And we're honored to be recognized by an organization that's making such an outstanding contribution to society."

Sappio will receive the International Partner of the Year award on behalf of APL.

About APL
APL is a global container shipping company offering more than 60 weekly services and nearly 300 calls at more than 90 ports in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas.  It combines world-class intermodal operations with leading-edge IT and e-commerce. APL is a unit of Singapore-based Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), a global shipping and logistics company. APL Web site:

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