Arup’s community engagement selfie video competition has seen charity Kick4Life awarded £4,000 towards HIV testing and health education for more than 400 children and young people in Lesotho.
We invited staff who fundraise and give their time to organisations they are passionate about to make a short film about their chosen charity and submit it for the chance to win £4,000 for their cause. The response was fantastic, with 26 films submitted.
Kick4Life won in the ‘Schools and Youth Outreach’ category having been proposed by Alden Whittaker-Brown, the head of our Group Executive Office. The charity used the £4,000 prize to fund testing for HIV, which is prevalent in Lesotho.
Of the 400 children and young people tested, more than 50 were found to be HIV positive. They have been referred for medical treatment at their local clinic and they will also receive ongoing support from Kick4Life including counselling, healthcare, nutrition, shelter and support towards education and employment.
Alden said: "Having visited Kick4Life in Lesotho in 2014 and seen first-hand the impact they are making, I am thrilled that my video was selected. The funds donated by Arup will make a lasting impact to the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable children."
The other two charities selected for £4,000 awards were Latin American Foundation Future, which supports marginalised children in Peru, and the air ambulance.