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drp Complete Great Rickshaw Rally

As part of drp’s commitment to deliver 35 CSR projects during our 35th anniversary year, 12 of the technical services team completed the gruelling challenge of cycling 130 miles from drp’s Covent Garden office to the drpstudios on Friday 22nd May to raise money for industry charity Meeting Industry Meeting Needs (MIMN).  The team suffered gear failure on Wednesday morning which caused the rickshaw rally to temporarily be put on hold whilst they scoured the UK to find the spare part and complete the challenge two days later than planned. MIMN is a charity founded by leading figures in the UK conference and events industry and brings together venues, agencies and suppliers to raise funds and change lives. So far we have raised nearly £3,000 of their £5,000 target and that figure is still climbing.

The drpteam used nothing but pedal power for 130 miles on a refurbished rickshaw through the Cotswolds and beyond and after a fantastic start, disaster struck on Wednesday morning in the form of a gear malfunction. The team reluctantly made the decision to put the rally on hold and began searching the UK for the spare part, which meant driving to SLScycles in Somerset to pick up the part and repairing the rickshaw ready to start the second and final leg in the early hours of Friday morning, all the while embodying our anything’s possible promise.

Dale Parmenter, Group CEO, spoke of the temporary setback on Thursday “The team worked tirelessly trying to push on but the same issue kept repeating itself, so they reluctantly made the decision to stop, source the part and work through the night if necessary”

The drpteam once again made great time on Friday and despite the hilly terrain, crossed the finish line ahead of schedule at our studios in Hartlebury at 1pm, where they were welcomed with a champagne reception and cheers from their fellow colleagues. 

Shonali Rodrigues, Director of Development at MIMN, spoke of the team’s efforts, “drp are incredibly close to reaching their target of £5,000 which will help provide solar panels for an entire primary school building in the remote Katuba community, which will give 767 children access to a full primary education for the very first time. By providing solar panels, the school will be able to use IT equipment; and extend the teaching day to run after-school literacy clubs for over 3,934 adults.

Congratulations to the drp team for completing the Rally! We're delighted that the amount of money raised for MIMN can support BuildIt International to change the lives of the Katuba community".

You can still sponsor the team by donating here. Every penny goes to support extremely worthy causes across the globe funded by MIMN.