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June is fast approaching which means it is almost time for the Pagabo Foundation’s first official fundraising event – Chitty Chitty Cannes Cannes - The eagerly awaited road trip that will see our four teams travel from Hull to Cannes all in cars worth less than £1000.
So, what’s happening?
Setting off from our home city on 29 May, the Grand Depart will see the teams cross the iconic Humber Bridge before winding their way south to cross the Channel into France on day one. The route will then take us on two days through stunning French countryside before crossing the finish line in Cannes – just in time for the start of a busy week at MIPIM 2020.
The road trip is set to raise £40k for the Pagabo Foundation, our charity aiming to raise the profile of mental health within the construction industry and fund resources to make support and advice as readily available as possible for those working in the industry.
Jason Stapley, lead for the Pagabo Foundation, said: “We’re very excited for our first big fundraising event, and you can’t get much bigger than a road trip from Hull to the biggest property event in the world.
“Mental health in the construction sector still remains somewhat of a taboo, so we plan to tackle this and provide support and services for workforces across the industry. We’re planning to raise £40,000 with this event, which we hope will be the first of many.”
Head over to our JustGiving page to donate now.
A ‘carbon neutral’ event
We as an organisation have also worked tirelessly to ensure the fundraising event will be fully carbon neutral. Included within these efforts, the team will be planting enough trees to offset the carbon produced as part of the One ‘Hull’ of a Forest project.
Explaining the importance of this, Jason said: “We are a very environmentally conscious organisation and remain committed to our various sustainability initiatives and working in a digital-first manner to reduce paper consumption.
“We will be using the number of cars travelling and the expected distance to accurately work out the number of trees to be planted to offset any emissions released from cars taking part. It’s really important to us to do all we can to organise this fantastic fundraising event, but not at the cost of our environment.
“We’ve calculated that if our drivers were to take the same trip via plane it would actually contribute 6.34 tonnes of carbon – two tonnes more than will be generated by the 4,348-mile rally. Considering this year’s MIPIM event is set to see around 23,000 people in attendance it’s clear to see the huge impact this will have on the environment.
“We will be encouraging all those taking part to join us in this effort as we fundraise for a better future regarding mental health in the construction industry, we can simultaneously work together to do our bit for the environment too.”
Find out more about carbon offsetting here.
How can I get involved?
We encourage anyone passionate about mental health to donate via our JustGiving page, but you can do your bit for the environment too.
If you’re heading down to MIPIM this year, why not join us in offsetting your journey?
Click the button below to find out how you can get involved and spread the word on social media using #NoCarbonForCannes and #TreesForMIPIM.