UK outdoor events company Rat Race Adventure Sports has sent £25,000 of leftover equipment to India’s Malur in Karnakata province to create an exciting new playground. The equipment, which includes cargo nets, scaffolding and tyres, was originally used for an event in Australia.
A team including members from Rat Race, and plant, tools and equipment hire firm GAP Group travelled from Britain to India to construct the park themselves.
Jim Mee, founder of Rat Race, who was one of those who spent a week in India working in the hot sun, commented: “A couple of years ago we ran a series of obstacle events in Australia. And when the series ended, we were left with a container full of incredible obstacles – but which were stuck on the other side of the world.
“It seemed a waste to scrap the gear and dispose of it in an un-environmentally sound way, so we set to work on finding a new use for it. It was tough work constructing the playground. But we rounded-up an incredible team to help with the build and we’re proud of the results.
“Most importantly, the local kids seem to love it too!”
The container of obstacles set sail from Brisbane for Mumbai in July 2018.
The whole project represented a £50,000 investment from Rat Race and GAP. They partnered with the charities ‘Playground Ideas’ and ‘Headstreams’, who helped to choose the location for the project.
A spokesperson for Playground Ideas said: “Play is fundamental to a child’s ability to fully develop, and it’s also a key tool for learning. The Rat Race team was fantastic. Their motivation and drive to see the project to fruition, regardless of the hurdles, was inspiring. I can’t wait to do another one!”
This project was not the first time Rat Race has lent its support to children in need. Rat Race participants are encouraged to raise sponsorship money for their partner charity ‘Children with Cancer UK’ – and if they hit a certain target, they’re given free race entry. A portion of the entry fee from other racers also goes to Children with Cancer UK.
And in February this year Rat Race announced it had raised £1,000,000 for the charity, having first set that goal in 2015.
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