Over the next two months, expect to have a RedR Challenge sponsorship form thrust under your nose. Antony Oliver explains what all the fuss is about.
Sponsorship forms have been arriving in offices across the UK to encourage every team member taking part in the Civils 2002 RedR Challenge to make the most of the opportunity to raise cash for one of the profession's best loved charities.
Two huge car parks right alongside the Civils 2002 exhibition hall will be transformed into a refugee camp for the day. The challenge facing teams will be to use their planning skills, practical initiative and some degree of brawn and stamina to design, resource and build a water supply system.
To mirror, and of course highlight the challenges faced by RedR-sponsored relief workers every day in the field, teams will have to not only decide how they will solve the water supply problem, but also buy the necessary equipment using credits picked up in mental and physical agility tests. They will then face transportation challenges to get their equipment to site, and finally the ultimate test of building a system of pipes to carry water from one side of the camp to the other.
With 50 teams competing in the event, there will be more than 200 people at the NEC, either pumped up with adrenaline and ready for competition or exhausted, exhilarated and, perhaps, a little wet.
But as with all RedR events, the greatest challenge is to raise money so that the charity's vital training and relief co-ordination work can continue. On this front, teams can be sure that, thanks to their efforts, the four hour exercise will leave RedR with a big fat cheque.
But it won't happen without everyone's support. So first, come and cheer on the teams on day two of Civils 2002 - Wednesday 12 June - and give maximum support to your colleagues as they battle it out against each other and the clock. And even if you can't get there on the day, make sure that your name is on at least one RedR Challenge sponsorship form to pledge just a few pounds to a very worthwhile cause.