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November Fundraiser of the Month

30 November 2016

BP China trek 2016

This month we are dedicating our Fundraiser of the Month title to two fantastic RedR supporters. 

In October a group of 31 BP employees took on six days of trekking on the world’s longest man-made structure: the Great Wall of China. The team tackled 70km of the remarkable structure, facing strenuous ascents and descents as well as thousands of stairs! Their physical strength was equalled by their amazing fundraising efforts, collecting over £95,000 with more donations still coming in. 
We spoke to Donald Campbell-Brown, Upstream Engineering Authority at BP, about his experience of the trip:
“The trek was a fantastic opportunity to get up close to this awe-inspiring feat of engineering, to make connections that will last a lifetime and to enjoy the warmth and hospitality of our Chinese hosts.

It was humbling to stand on sections of the wall that were put in place hundreds of years ago to address a humanitarian threat from an invading army, and great to contribute through our fund-raising efforts to the incredible work done by RedR every day in building resilience to humanitarian disasters.”
A fellow trekker, Matthew Doherty, has also recounted his trekking experience through a creative video. Check it out here
Huge congratulations to the team on their challenge and thank you for your support.
Ollie Kemsley_web
Our second fundraiser is Oliver Kemsley, a survivor of the horrific Batlacan attack in 2015. Ollie was at the venue when the brutal attack occurred, but thankfully managed to escape. He explains that the scenes he witnessed have not been easy to cope with, but over time and through “long distance running as a form of recovery” he has found a certain peace.
On Sunday 13 November, to mark the one year anniversary of the attack, Ollie took part in the Athens Marathon “to honour the memory of all 90 people brutally killed around [him] inside the Bataclan concert” and to raise money for RedR. As well as honouring the lives that were lost, he wanted to take up this challenge “to push [himself] in new ways after having a near-death experience, setting…ambitious challenges and never fearing failure.”
We spoke to him about why chose to raise funds for RedR. He said: 
“I'm not sure how I first heard about RedR to be honest. It might have been through a leaflet through the post? I studied Geography at Uni, and we did modules in Natural Hazards, and I do some Geography tutoring for students…which often encompasses some elements of disaster management. So it is a cause close to my heart through that.”
Ollie successfully completed the Athens Marathon and has raised £2,151 online so far. He is now looking for his next challenge. 
From all of us at RedR, huge thanks to our Fundraisers of the Month for their incredible efforts and support. 
If you’ve been inspired by these fantastic fundraisers to take up a challenge of your own, view our challenge events here or contact us for more information.  

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