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    York company fundraising to build playground in India

    A North Yorkshire adventure sports company is taking on a project to build a children’s adventure playground out of leftover equipment in India. The company, Rat Race Adventure Sports is shipping leftover equipment worth £25,000 from the events in Australia to Karnataka province, near Bangalore over 5,000 miles.

    The company which is based between York and Easingwold in Shipton-by-Beningbrough specialises in obstacle-based events. It hopes to build a jungle gym with a climbing wall, zip wires, bridges and tunnels. Together with the charity Playground Ideas, Rat Race Adventure Sports worked to find the playground location near Bangalore.

    The company then teamed up with local charity Headstreams to secure support as well as funding from GAP Group, the UK-based, tools and equipment rental company. All these were efforts to bring the project to life. The founder of Rat Race Adventure Sports, Jim Mee now looks into raising £5,000 by launching an appeal. The money is to be used for finishing touches to the Malur project.

    Jim talks about a series of obstacles events they encountered in Australia, which yielded a container full of incredible obstacles. Unfortunately, these are playground equipment on the other side of the world. To Jim, it seems a waste to scrap this leftover equipment and dispose of them in non-ecological ways. Finding a new way to use the gear is the best alternative. They have even plans for the shipping container which will form the centerpiece of the whole play park.

    Hopefully, the UK construction team will fly to India to build the playground this October. Jim explains that GAP has been really helpful in the supply of all practical components and even making extra significant financial contributions. What the team actually need is a little extra assistance to ‘put the icing on the cake’.

    The events division manager at GAP Group Daimon Dunhue will be joining the team as they set to work on the play space. He talks about how the project has become a personal thing for him.

    Jim Mee says that the £5,000 is for finishing touches including safety nets, fireman’s poll, as well as some special climbing holds. The founder hopes to create a fun and safe climbing feature. Jim feels that these extras that will be achieved through the money from the fundraising will transform the playground into a truly world class one and send it into orbit.

    According to Jim, their aim is to create a real sense of ‘wow’ on the kids’ faces when they see the new facility for the first time. Dunhue thought the project was a brilliant idea and something different when Jim talked to him and GAP Group about it. It is definitely creative to get playground equipment from leftover gear.