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CARE Construction Challenge now open for 2014 entrants

Leading aid agency Care International has opened registration for the fifth CARE Construction Challenge supported by NCE and Ground Engineering. The charity invites teams from across the industry to challenge themselves and challenge poverty.

The event takes place on 29 June 2014, this time amid the scenic surrounds of the Forest of Dean in Monmouthshire.

The rewarding physical challenge will see participants each cover a marathon distance on foot, bike and kayak. Teams will raise vital funds to support CARE International, whose poverty-fighting work includes constructing emergency and transitional shelter, permanent housing and vital infrastructure in humanitarian crises.

Over the past four years, the event has raised more than £200,000 to support CARE’s work.

Currently, CARE is working in the ­Philippines supporting survivors of the recent Typhoon Haiyan, which has affected 13M people and killed over 5,000. Shelter is never more important than in times of crisis.

Many families have lost their homes, leaving them exposed to ill health, poor security, indignity and poverty. CARE will be helping families to rebuild their homes and livelihoods in the months and years to come.

The charity is providing emergency shelter kits, including tarpaulins and other basic building materials to families made homeless by the typhoon. So far these kits have reached 7,500 people in Albuera, Tolosa and Tacloban.

This will be a long-term response, to both help people survive the initial disaster, but also to rebuild their homes, infrastructure and lives.

The CARE Construction challenge takes place in a different scenic location each year. Past events have seen teams take on a marathon by saddle, paddle and foot in the Brecon Beacon mountains, Cannock Chase forest, the Dorset coast and Exmoor national park.

Head of CARE Challenge Kathryn Betts said: “The CARE Construction Challenge is a consistently fantastic event, demonstrated by its growing popularity year-on-year.

“In 2013, 37 teams raised a record £70,000 and next year’s challenge promises to be bigger and better. URS Transportation, Bechtel and Ramboll have titles to defend. The Wye Valley beckons!”

Teams of 2, 3 or 4 will be asked to raise £500 per person to support CARE’s vital work.

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