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Construction workers team up to challenge poverty

Intrepid teams of colleagues from across the construction industry are already signing up to take part in the 2010 CARE Construction Challenge.

The event will take place in Wales’ Brecon Beacons National Park on 3 July. Teams will hike, bike and raft the distance of a marathon and will face hurdles such as assembling their own rafts.

Funds raised will go to aid and development agency CARE International, who work in 70 countries helping 59 million people a year to find a route out of poverty.

A team from Costain are the latest adventurers to sign up for the challenge. The teams are currently working together on the A40 Penblewin to Slebech Park Improvement in Pembrokeshire, for the Welsh Assembly Government.

Team Manager Phil Whitney says, “I only had to ask once for volunteers. The whole site believes in helping local groups, especially those involving young people− and this fund raising opportunity is a natural extension to this, whilst having a great deal of fun.”

CARE Construction Challenge

CARE hope to raise £75,000 from the event


Already actively fundraising whilst working in the village community of Robeston Wathen, Pembrokeshire, the engineers, quantity surveyors, environmentalists and managers saw this challenge as a great opportunity to help families and communities around the world. Each team will raise £3,000 to support CARE’s work. CARE aims to raise £75,000 from the event.

CARE’s Neil Munro says “We’re delighted Costain are taking part. The funds raised are very valuable to CARE and will help both emergency response and long-term development work, including some of the most important construction projects in the world for example rebuilding homes destroyed by natural disasters, constructing schools for marginalised children, or creating temporary shelter for families displaced by conflict.”

“The funds raised are very valuable to CARE and will help both emergency response and long-term development work.”

Head of CARE Challenge Neil Munro

Phil’s team is drawn from all disciplines, ages and abilities and training is already underway. He says: “whilst working in Pembrokeshire, there are many opportunities to swim, surf, cycle, walk and coaster, and the team members are eager to put these skills to the test.”

Phil is keen to encourage other teams to take them on. “We urge other companies to take part in this exciting and testing challenge and look forward to competing against fellow construction companies.”

Places are still available for construction teams. For more information visit

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