Arque In The COMMUNITYAt Arque we care about community. We’re not just in it for our own benefit and where we can help others, we will. You may want to call it our Corporate Social Responsibility, we view it as doing our little bit to make the world around us a better place. From sponsoring sports clubs right on our doorstep, to working overseas.
We have supported a number of sports teams over the years, from Crediton Rugby Club to Exeter City FC. This season we sponsored two awards for the Exeter City Ladies and were proud to present these at the recent celebration night.
Over the last three years Bernard and his wife Fran have supported a project to supply clean water to villages and schools in Myanmar. They have visited the country on a number of occasions to see the results of their fundraising and support the work of the charity. To date they have helped provide enough water tanks to supply clean water to more than 5,000 people. The tanks are installed by local people ensuring the local economy is supported. Bernard says: ‘The water tanks are transforming lives, not just in the provision of drinking water, but also the reduction of time it takes to collect water. Having clean water means that students no longer have to waste valuable school time collecting their drinking water from the nearest river or pond. Some villagers were spending up to six hours collecting water in barrels on their ox-carts from the nearest river, they now have more time to work on their farms and their health has improved.’
Brampford Speke Project
We were asked to build an access to the river for a family in Brampford Speke whose disabled son’s wheelchair was getting stuck in the muddy riverbank. We visited them to estimate for the job and then we thought, ‘why not do our own DIY SOS’! Our team gave their Saturday for nothing and we worked in partnership with Buildbase, who provided an excavator and materials free of charge. We landscaped the area and created a gentle slope down to the river where the family and their son can enjoy nature and even do a little fishing.