Our charity Trustee Chairman, Cormac MacCrann, has decided to take on a big challenge .....
Here he tells us why.......
"Building Lives is a not for profit organisation that gives young people from socially deprived backgrounds an apprenticeship, a job and a chance. For computer says no reasons they have lost their funding and need £400,000 to rescue the jobs of 200 kids until new funding is in place later this year."
To help them I am going to try to climb Mont Blanc this Summer, I've never done any mountaineering before so this is uncharted territory for me. I'm going with my son Niall and three other friends on an organised trip. I've started training and trying to lose weight!
It's a six day crash course in mountaineering culminating in a dash for the summit weather permitting so the less lard I have to drag up the mountain the better! I'm doing it with a company called Mont Blanc Guides who seem very experienced.
I was planning to do the climb anyway and hadn't intended to do it for charity, but Building Lives is such a great organisation and they need all the help they can get, so I'm getting the begging bowl out."
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The money will go to the Lighthouse Club education fund who will pass the money on to Building Lives.
Building Lives is an award-winning social enterprise that focuses on recruiting young people from some of the toughest boroughs in London and equipping them with the skills to gain paid apprenticeships in the construction industry.
Through an unfortunate and untimely issue, the current funding for this enterprise will come to an end just four months short of the new academic year.
This has a huge impact on the ambitions of almost 200 young students at the Building Lives Academy, as they will be forced off their course before they can graduate.
These young people, from some of the most socially disadvantaged areas of London, have made a conscious decision to improve their prospects in life by embarking on these training courses.
It would be a travesty if our industry cannot find the funding to secure their futures and give them the opportunity to graduate with the skills necessary to apply for paid apprenticeships and contribute positively to society.
If we can help just one individual through their course and that individual gains employment, we will have saved society more than £100,000 in long-term unemployment costs.
If we can help all these young people, the potential saving to society would be a staggering £20m.
Building Lives needs £400,000 of funding to see all these students through their final 4 months of training to complete their courses in September. However, their existing cash runs out in 50 days.
Please join Building Lives, Construction News, KPMG and the Lighthouse Club and help save these young people's futures.
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