Graduates cycle to raise funds for earthquake zones

Issue date: 17 August 2010

Article 25 cycle team Graduates from the University of the West of England's Department of Planning and Architecture are cycling 296 miles from London to Paris in aid of construction charity Article 25.

Among the team of twelve cyclists, six are graduates from UWE's BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology and Design and BSc (Hons) Construction and Property Management courses. The fundraising ride is the brainchild of graduate Jonathan Carter who works as an Architectural Technologist for gcp Chartered Architects.

Article 25 is a UK registered charity that designs and delivers buildings and structures for those in greatest need worldwide. Given the recent earthquake disasters in Haiti and Chile, this charity is in real need of financial support.

Jonathan said, “Despite the current climate we have been successful in finding work within the industry since leaving UWE. Most of us returned to work for the companies where we did our placements. We have all kept in touch and got together with friends and colleagues to embark on a challenge to raise money for the charity's important work.”

The team will start at Trafalgar Square in London on 27 August and aims to finish at the Eiffel Tower on 30 August.

Jonathan continued, “We hope to raise a team total of £10,000 so that Article 25 can build schools, bridges, clinics and homes. All the money we raise will be going to the charity as we are covering any costs incurred ourselves. This money could not be raised without our sponsors who include gcp Chartered Architects, UWE, Barratt Homes, Gleeds and the support of Talbot Construction, and The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists, so a huge thanks to all of them.”

To make a donation visit Just Giving. The team have a twitter link to update people on their progress.

Professor Paul Olomolaiye, who is pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Environment and Technology said, “UWE is proud to support this challenge in aid of Article 25, which is an organisation that is highly relevant to the course the graduates studied and to the architectural jobs that they are all now doing.”

UWE's BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology and Design course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and sits alongside a broad range of related architecture and construction courses accredited by leading professional bodies such as the CIOB, CIBSE, RIBA, RICS, RTPI.

Image courtesy The Bristol Evening Post

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