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Arup triumphs in inaugural RedR Humanitarian Challenge

Jennifer Shand Jennifer Shand Australasia Press Office,Sydney
30 August 2018

Arup has taken home the trophy after taking part in RedR Australia’s inaugural Corporate Humanitarian Challenge, held at the Victorian Emergency Management Institute in Mt Macedon, Victoria.

Teams construct and erect a flagpole without letting it touch the ground Teams construct and erect a flagpole without letting it touch the ground

Alongside teams from other companies, we responded to a simulated emergency situation: a flood response in the fictional country of Sebadoh. We completed a series of challenges, including constructing shelters out of tents and tarpaulins, and site-planning camps with the necessary infrastructure for those internally displaced by the flood.

RedR Australia is an international humanitarian response agency that selects, trains and deploys technical specialists to help communities prepare for and recover from crises and conflict.

Long-time supporters of RedR through our Community Engagement program, eight of our people took part.

The one day course is the first of its kind, and is designed to provide a quick practical introduction to humanitarian and disaster relief work.

This Challenge was a great step towards developing practical humanitarian and disaster relief skills. I have a better understanding and appreciation of RedR’s strategy for response to crisis and I hope to participate in future training with the aim of one day being deployed. ”

Astrid Fulton Astrid Fulton Arup Australasia RedR Partnership Manager

“The Corporate Humanitarian Challenge is a wonderful opportunity for us to engage the corporate sector on humanitarian issues, and challenge them to use their technical skills in new ways,” said Kirsten Sayers, CEO of RedR Australia. 

The Arup team is awarded the trophy by Kirsten Sayers, RedR CEO The Arup team is awarded the trophy by Kirsten Sayers, RedR CEO
Kirsten Sayers, RedR Australia CEO, presents the trophy to the winning Arup team © Ian Parish, RedR Australia

“By giving our corporate partners a small insight into the efforts required when coordinating a major humanitarian response, we open up a dialogue about how innovations from the private sector can contribute in times of crisis.”

A resounding success, the course is expected to become an annual and on-demand event.