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Friday, October 29, 2010

Successful Launch of Campaign to Remember 10 Years in Afghanistan

A national appeal to raise over £350,000 for those affected by the war in Afghanistan was successfully launched in London and Exeter last week. An ambitious team of students from the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth lead the ‘DecAid’ campaign, which will honour the decade long contribution of British Armed Forces in Afghanistan since 2001.  

The official launches, on 13th October 2010 in 7 Rifles Barracks, Davies Street, London, and on 15th October 2010 in Wyvern Barracks, Exeter, were attended by, amongst others, business leaders, media representatives and high ranking members of the Armed Forces, , and supported by DecAid’s patrons; Lieutenant General Sir Nicholas Parker KCB CBE, Deputy Commander of ISAF Forces in Afghanistan; Hamish Clark of ‘Monarch of the Glen’; the Lord Lieutenant of Devon, and sponsors; Exeter University Innovation Centre; Plymouth University; and NRG Direct Mail.

The evenings included presentations by the DecAid coordinators, benefiting charities, and exclusive previews of DecAid’s latest promotional videos.

DecAid’s latest patron, former BBC war correspondent and independent politician, Martin Bell, comments "I find it most heartening that these young people, on their own initiative, are doing so much to support our soldiers in Afghanistan. This is not a celebration but a show of solidarity.”

DecAid proceedings will dominate 2011 in a coordinated year-long campaign. The opening ceremony, a spectacular ‘Massed Pipes and Drums’ event, on 26th June 2011, will see 2,011 musicians march along the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, in conjunction with the Armed Forces Day events. 

The appeal has set a series of extreme physical challenges which will involve several thousand people nationally, including ex-servicemen, their family and friends. These challenges include;

The ‘Munro Mission’, in Scotland, which aims to conquer 283 mountains in 45 days, climbing the height of Mount Everest every three days; 

‘The Ride 2 Remember’ static bike race from London to Kabul; 

‘The Big Tow’, in which vehicles, will be towed around Rockingham race track in a tri-service competition; and

‘Stretched to the Limit’, where 30 teams will attempt the arduous trek up Snowdon; the highest mountain in England and Wales, carrying a heavy stretcher.

The DecAid enterprise, which will donate to three service charities;

‘Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association’ (SSAFA); ‘

The British Limbless Ex-Servicemen Association’ (BLESMA); and

 ‘Talking  2 Minds’

is the brainchild of Rupert Laing, aged 23, a graduate from The University of Exeter.

Laing comments “we feel passionately about the cause and we hope to encourage support for the physically wounded, the bereaved families, and those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.” Laing leads the DecAid Team which is made up of current and former members of the Exeter University Officer Training Corps (EUOTC).

As well as its own proceedings, DecAid will oversee individually organised events which can be advertised on their website www.decaid.co.uk. All of the money raised will go towards helping those affected by the decade long conflict in Afghanistan.

22nd September 2010

Students to Launch Nationwide Campaign to Remember 10 Years in Afghanistan

A national appeal to raise over £350,000 for those affected by the war in Afghanistan will be launched in London this October. An ambitious team of students from the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth are organising the ‘DecAid’ campaign, which will honour the decade long contribution of British Armed Forces in Afghanistan since 2001.

The official launch in 7 Rifles Barracks, Davies Street, London, will be supported by DecAid’s patrons; Lieutenant General Sir Nicholas Parker KCB CBE, Deputy Commander of ISAF Forces in Afghanistan; Hamish Clark of ‘Monarch of the Glen’; the Lord Lieutenant of Devon, and sponsors; Exeter University Innovation Centre; Plymouth University; and NRG Direct Mail.

DecAid’s latest patron, former BBC war correspondent and independent politician, Martin Bell, comments "I find it most heartening that these young people, on their own initiative, are doing so much to support our soldiers in Afghanistan. This is not a celebration but a show of solidarity.”

DecAid proceedings will dominate 2011 in a coordinated year-long campaign. The opening ceremony, a spectacular ‘Massed Pipes and Drums’ event, on 26th June 2011, will see 2,011 musicians march along the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, in conjunction with the Armed Forces Day events.

The appeal has set a series of extreme physical challenges which will involve several thousand people nationally, including ex-servicemen, their family and friends. The challenges include; The ‘Munro Mission’, in Scotland, which aims to conquer 283 mountains in 45 days, climbing the height of Mount Everest every three days; ‘The Ride 2 Remember’ static bike race from London to Kabul, ‘The Big Tow’, in which vehicles, will be towed around Rockingham race track in a tri-service competition; and ‘Stretched to the Limit’ where 30 teams will attempt the arduous trek up Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales, carrying a heavy stretcher.

The DecAid enterprise, which will donate to three service charities; ‘Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association’ (SSAFA); ‘The British Ex-Servicemen Association’ (BLESMA); and ‘Talking 2 Minds’, is the brainchild of Rupert Laing, aged 23, a 2009 graduate from The University of Exeter.

Laing comments “we feel passionately about the cause and we hope to encourage support for the physically wounded, the bereaved families, and those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.” Laing leads the DecAid Team which is made up of current and former members of the Exeter University Officer Training Corps (EUOTC).

As well as its own proceedings, DecAid will oversee individually organised events which can be advertised on their website www.decaid.co.uk. All of the money raised will go towards helping those affected by the decade long conflict in Afghanistan. 

1st September 2010

Munro Mission Training Gets Underway

On August 2nd 2010, after about two months of planning and hours pouring over maps the Munro Mission team set off to begin their first two weeks of training together. The aim of this training was three fold. Firstly, the team wanted to climb as many Munros as possible and cover as much off the route as they could before the main event next August. Secondly, it was their first time together and they would use this time to bond as a team. Thirdly, it was a great opportunity to experiment with a support team and to try and figure out how it could work best for them.

The team were roughly following the route that Stephen Pyke, the world record holder for a continuous self-propelled round, had made. Naturally, they were not going to complete the entire route in these two weeks but the goal was a minimum of 50 Munros in 10 days. The team started off with two days in the Cairn Gorms and it was here that the overworked and fantastically dedicated support team were given their first test when they had to walk more than 16km with all the team’s camping and cooking equipment, sleeping bags, food, water, change of clothes and medical kit to meet the main team at Corrour bothy where they spent their first night.  In just two days managed to climb an impressive 10 Munros whilst also covering more than 70km on foot. Day 1 also saw Becky Roby, the only girl on the team, climb her first ever Munro.

Day 3 arrived with some glorious weather and a fantastic day’s walking which saw the team summit no less than 8 Munros. This day was topped off with a night spent in the Inver Hotel. The entire team would like to thank Sue and Chris for their excellent hospitality, delicious food and overall enthusiasm for the event. The team had a slightly later start on day 4 which began with a steep 500m to the top of Creag Leacach in the Glen Shiel mountains. Becky set a fantastic pace and the rest of the day saw the team climb another 5 Munros under clear skies.

The team were well and truely warmed up by this point which was good because the weather on day 5 was nothing like what they had experienced so far. Low cloud, wind and rain made navigation difficult as the team took on the Ben Lawyers group of Munros. Despite the bad weather they managed the entire group in just 7 hours. Another 6 Munros under the belt.

The bad weather had cleared by the start of the next day but the team were starting to feel the strain of having climbed about 10,000m in total covered over 150km on foot in just 5 days and had a rather demoralising day in which they only managed 2 Munros. The rest day that followed was well appreciated.

Throughout the following week the team managed to keep the pace up and climbed another 26 Munros finishing up with the smallest of them all, Ben Vane. I think a highlight for the team was the day spent in the Glencoe mountains. They had been lucky with good views on a number of days prior to this but the scenery in these mountains really blew them away. They were joined by the DecAid media team for these two days who managed to get some brilliant footage of the team.

 A huge amount was learnt by everyone during these two weeks and many lessons were learnt which are going to add the team’s chances of a successful, continuous, self-propelled round starting on 1st August 2011. The team would like to thank everyone involved in making these two weeks a success.

14th June 2010

Students Plan Extraordinary Feats to Remember 10 Years in Afghanistan

A national appeal to raise over £350,000 for those affected by the war in Afghanistan is to be led by an ambitious team of students from the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth. Preparation is now well underway for ‘DecAid: Honouring 10 Years in Afghanistan’, with the appeal’s imminent website launch on Wednesday the 2nd June 2010.

Patrons Lieutenant General Sir Nicholas Parker KCB CBE, Deputy Commander of NATO Forces in Afghanistanand Hamish Clark  of ‘Monarch of the Glen’ have confirmed their commitment to the project , and plans for a documentary to be filmed and shown on national television seeks to raise maximum awareness and funds.

DecAid proceedings will dominate the Summer/Autumn of 2011 and help raise awareness of the contribution of British Armed Forces in a coordinated national ten-week campaign. The opening ceremony, a spectacular ‘Mass Pipes and Drums’ event, on 26th June, will see 2,011 musicians march along the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, in conjunction with the Armed Forces Day events.  A concluding Memorial Event, ‘Light for Life’, will publicly mark the 10th Anniversary of the War in Afghanistan on 2nd October. A candle will be lit for every British soldier who has lost their life in Afghanistan.

The appeal will also organise a series of extreme physical challenges which will involve several thousand people throughout the UK, including ex-servicemen, family and friends. The challenges include; The ‘Munro Mission’, which aims to conquer 283 mountains in 45 days, with the team climbing the height of Mount Everest every three days;  ‘The Ride 2 Remember’ mass cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats involving up to 250 people;  ‘The Big Tow’, in which 10 vehicles, will be towed around a well-known race track in a tri-service competition; and ‘Stretched to the Limit’ where 30 teams will attempt the arduous trek up Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales, carrying a heavy stretcher.

The DecAid enterprise, which will donate to three service charities; ‘Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association’ (SSAFA); ‘The British Ex-Servicemen Association’ (BLESMA); and ‘Talking  2 Minds’,  is the brainchild of Rupert Laing, aged 23, who graduated last year from The University of Exeter with a 2:1 degree in Politics.

Laing comments “we feel passionately about the cause and we hope to raise awareness for the physically wounded, the psychologically wounded and their bereaved families.”

Laing leads the inspirational DecAid Team which is made up of current or former members of the Exeter University Officer Training Corps (EUOTC), who are all under the age of 25. The team will encourage the participation of the 90,000 strong UOTCs and Cadet Forces in its national campaign. DecAid endeavour to have over 5000 people directly involved in its programme.

Further information and details of how to get involved and donate to the charities can be found DecAid website www.decaid.co.uk


For more press releases or information please contact the DecAid Media team as follows:

James Fish - Media Production and General enquiries
dec.aid.media@googlemail.com
Hannah Brewer - Newspapers, Magazines and Radio
hb272@exeter.ac.uk
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