RICS' Pledge 150 campaign will mark its 150th year
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has launched a campaign with property industry charity LandAid to raise over £2m in the biggest-ever fundraising campaign for the charity. The funds will contribute to ending youth homelessness across the South West and will provide secure and affordable bed spaces in the region.
As part of RICS’ 150th anniversary in 2018, the campaign – known as Pledge150 – will see the leading industry body partnering with LandAid to raise £2.25m for the provision of 150 bed spaces across all 12 UK regions by December 2018, for young people at risk of homelessness.
RICS plans to raise funds at a variety of its annual events and through staff and partner university initiatives. Those working in the South West’s land, property and construction sectors will be encouraged to join in with the challenge and think big, in terms of their fundraising activities and in helping to publicise the campaign.
Matthew Howell, RICS Regional Managing Director, UK & Ireland, commented: “As part of our milestone birthday next year, we want to raise awareness of the vital role that chartered surveyors and other built environment professionals can play in solving youth homelessness across the region.
“As part of this, we will be encouraging all those who work in the built environment sector in the region to pledge their support for our campaign, and help us deliver secure accommodation for young homeless people in and around the area. Youth homelessness is a problem that can be solved, and the property industry can, and should, lead the way in terms of helping to solve it in every way they can.”
As part of the RICS Pledge150 campaign, those working in the South West’s built environment may also be given the opportunity to provide pro bono property advice to local charities supporting disadvantaged young people, families and communities, including those experiencing homelessness.
Paul Morrish, LandAid Chief Executive added: “Over the last five years we have raised over £7.5m to fund 100 exceptional accommodation projects for young people at risk of becoming homeless.
We are delighted to be teaming up with RICS in what is the biggest-ever single fundraising campaign in our history, to deliver a substantial number of homes for young homeless people across all 12 UK regions.”
■ For more information on the RICS Pledge150 campaign – including the tools available to get you started, from brochures and posters along with suggestions of fundraising activities – visit www.rics.org/pledge150