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Virgin joins hands with Bestway Group to deliver medicines to flood-hit Pakistan

[ November 23, 2022   //   ]

Over 20 tonnes of vital medicines is being airfreighted to Pakistan for flood victims  thanks to Virgin Atlantic Cargo and British retailer Bestway Group.

The medicines, donated by Bestway, are due to land on Thursday 24 November  and will be distributed to help 3.2 million people who have lost their homes and livelihoods to the floods which which left more than a third of the country under water.

Bestway Group is one of the largest privately owned businesses in the UK and the leading overseas investor in Pakistan. Chief financial officer Haider Choudrey said:

“Our teams are on the ground in Pakistan and are seeing first-hand how desperately these medicines are needed to help combat disease that has taken hold where fresh water supplies have been destroyed and families have lost their homes along with everything they own. 

“We would like to thank the team at Virgin Atlantic Cargo who has helped us make this happen and are transporting what is a sizeable cargo of medicines out to where it is needed the most.”

Managing director of Virgin Atlantic Cargo, Phil Wardlaw, added: We are deeply saddened by the humanitarian disaster that has unfolded in Pakistan following the recent flooding.

“We are so grateful to have been able to partner with The Bestway Foundation and Well Pharmacy to ensure these important medicines reach those in need and will continue to use our business as a force for good in these devastating times.” 

Bestway Group has raised over $2.5 million for its Pakistan Flood Relief Appeal, while its charitable arm, Bestway Foundation, is overseeing the distribution of ration bags, blankets, mosquito nets and water filtration units to over 20,000 families in the worst affected areas of southern Pakistan provinces of Baluchistan and Sindh.

Ben Crump, Head of Cargo Operations for Virgin Atlantic (L) alongside Haider Choudrey, Chief Financial Officer of Bestway Group