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Special recognition for Gosselin employee Ben
Our Groupage Manager, Ben Schmidt, has been going to Ukraine since 1999. When the war broke out, he immediately sprang into action to help all of the people he knew there get to safety. He continues to be committed both to the Ukrainians staying in the Netherlands as well as those who are still living in their home country. Ben received a Zilveren Speld award in his hometown of Woudenberg in recognition of all his efforts.
“I didn’t hesitate for a second, and immediately reserved a van so that, together with a former colleague, we could get all my friends and acquaintances who were interested in leaving to the Netherlands, safely,” Ben says, starting his story that began with the war in Ukraine. “The Woudenberg Foundation was set up in the town I live in, and we looked for host families by publishing announcements on social media and in the newspaper. We drove back and forth to Ukraine a total of three times, and were able to provide shelter to around 180 refugees.”
In the meantime, they haven’t received any new requests from people in Ukraine who want to come to the Netherlands, but that won’t stop Ben from continuing his work. “Our main goal now is to offer humanitarian aid. Thanks to donations from private individuals and companies, we are collecting items that we can then bring to them there. In December, we drove 75 generators there in a trailer. We’re now collecting items to fill our sixth trailer.
(Ben is the man in the middle)
His dedication didn’t go unnoticed. During the New Year’s reception at the municipality of Woudenberg, a Zilveren Speld (“silver pin”) was awarded to the Woudenberg Foundation. This special recognition is given to residents who have made valuable contributions to the community in Woudenberg. The host families were also given a silver pin.
“This wonderful gesture certainly encourages us to continue our work, but I would definitely like to thank everyone who donated. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to fill any trailers,” Ben adds. “The IMA Mobility Alliance organization for movers all over the world was one of the first to donate 10,000 dollars the minute they heard we were going to go there in a van. It’s so heartwarming!”
About Gosselin Group
Gosselin was founded in 1930 and employs 800 co-workers that generate more than 350 million euro in turnover. The headquarters of Gosselin are located at the Albert Canal in Antwerp, Belgium, and its inland terminal connects the port of Antwerp-Bruges with the European hinterland. The company has 56 offices in 34 countries and has a strong presence in Europe, Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia. The Gosselin Group consists of two divisions: Gosselin Moving and Gosselin Logistics.
Gosselin Moving offers international moves for multinationals, expats, diplomats, military personnel and private persons.
Gosselin Logistics provides logistics services to businesses: transport solutions, customs formalities, warehousing and terminal operations, and industrial projects for heavy machinery and exceptional transport.