Aid agency CARE is urging people in the construction sector to challenge themselves and challenge poverty.
Teams from across the construction industry are already signing up to take part in the CARE Construction Challenge on Saturday 30th June 2012.
So far teams from Bam Nuttall, Network Rail, Kingspan, EnterpriseMouchel and more have entered as have two intrepid teams from NCE and our sister title Ground Engineering.
The CARE Construction Challenge, held in a different scenic location each year, will see teams from the industry completing a marathon distance on foot, bike and kayak - this time around Dorset’s Purbeck Peninsula.
Last year’s event in Cannock Chase was won by the Bam Nuttall team. The challenge is set for the construction industry to take their title in 2012.
The CARE Construction Challenge, supported by corporate partner Costain, gives workers from every level of construction f the opportunity to support vital disaster relief and reconstruction work.
Asian tsunami revisited
On Boxing Day in 2004 the Asian tsunami, triggered by one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded on a seismograph, had a devastating impact on more than a dozen countries.
An estimated 250,000 lives were lost and millions were left homeless.
CARE was among the leading humanitarian agencies to respond and has continued to work with affected communities, to reconstruct homes and livelihoods and promote economic and social development.
In sum, CARE reached 1,339,464 people affected by the tsunami in India, Somalia, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
CARE International UK chief executive, Geoffrey Dennis, recently visited Tamil Nadu in south east India where CARE rebuilt houses for families who had lost everything.
The project focused on poor families whose bamboo and wooden houses had been completely destroyed.
CARE built robust brick houses in their place. “I was pleased to find, almost seven years on, the houses were still in perfect condition,” says Dennis.
“They’re very well kept and are regularly painted by the local families who live in them. I was also impressed to see how CARE has helped communities become completely self-sufficient by rebuilding livelihoods, for example through crab farming and cashew nut production. This is what long term development is all about.”
How to take part
Teams of 2, 3 or 4 will be asked to raise £600 per person to support CARE’s vital work. For further information visit www.carechallenge.org.uk/constructionchallenge or call the CARE Challenge Team on 020 7091 6111.