THE TELFORD CHALLENGE - the pan-engineering institution project to help engineers in the developing world combat poverty - is in danger of missing out on Department for International Development cash after failing to raise sufficient match-funding.
Although it was feared that the project was unlikely to raise all the £300,000 needed to secure full funding from Government by the April 2000 deadline, only £60,000 has been raised since the high profile launch in May 1998. A further £80,000 has been pledged.
John Hodges, DFID's chief engineering advisor, admitted that it seemed 'very unlikely' the charity would reach its £300,000 target.
Professor George Fleming, a charity trustee and the ICE's next President, insisted: 'It has been slow but we are getting there.' He plans to use his presidential year to re-ignite the initiative.