Wednesday, 19 June 2013

White Water Rafting fundraising event at Olympic Park venue raises over £50,000

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On June 11, 170 people took to the rapids at Olympic Park venue, Lee Valley Centre, to participate in The Challenge Network’s inaugural white water rafting fundraising event. The event was supported by QBE Insurance, British Gas and DRM Ltd and raised a total of £50,000, which will go towards funding our year-round programme, The Challenge Society. 

The day kicked off with the participants being treated to a skills workshop in rafting techniques by members of Team GB’s Raft Team, Paskell Blackwell (Captain) and Matt Blue. A total of 20 teams competed in the gruelling three round tournament which tested their physical and mental endurance as well as their team work skills. All teams performed exceptionally well but the overall prize went to business insurance specialists, QBE, whose team not only won the competition, but also raised the most money. Olympic Silver medallist, Richard Hounslow, then closed the day with a motivational speech.

Robert Nias (Business Performance & Reporting Director and Trustee of the QBE Foundation) stated ‘I can think of few events that so successfully combine team building, getting very wet and pure competitive fun, whilst raising significant funds for a worthy cause.  The event was very well put together and a great day out for all who took part.’

The money will go towards providing volunteering and personal development opportunities for our 2013 NCS graduates and is an example of what can be achieved when the private and third sector come together.

If you or your company would like to hear more about opportunities to take part in challenging sporting activities that raise money for young people making a difference, please contact our Fundraising Manager, Ruth Galea ([email protected]). 


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