NCE GRADUATE Award winners last week challenged engineering firms to donate cash to development charity Engineers Without Borders (EWB) after giving away their prize money.
Speaking at the NCE Graduate Awards ceremony at Civils 2006 last Wednesday, EWB founder and Buro Happold graduate Tom Newby said that the charity had reached a plateau and would fail to expand unless it could generate funds to cover staffing costs.
Newby was addressing 200 construction industry leaders, including directors from many of the Awards' 16 sponsors.
Within half an hour of speaking he received pledges totalling £11,000. Newby is hoping to raise £40,000.
Awards winner Zeena Farook and runner-up Robin Campbell, both from Arup, joined highly commended Newby to pledge a total of £1,000.
EWB UK is a student-run charity that focuses on technical contributions to international development. It teams up with non-governmental organisations to provide facilities such as drinking water systems in developing countries. It also runs training courses for students and graduates.
Since it was started by 15 Cambridge University students in 2001, the charity has grown to include over 2,000 students across the country plus a network of professionals.
The £40,000 would cover the staffing costs of managing volunteers across the charity's 16 UK branches and liaising with sponsor companies.
Anyone wishing to help EWB should contact Tom Newby at tom. newby@ewb-uk. org.