The Royal Academy of Engineering has become a patron of the international disaster relief charity RedR. At a special Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 28th October, HRH The Princess Royal presented the Academy's Senior Vice President, Professor Robert Mair, with a certificate. Following the presentation ceremony, Professor Mair said: "The Royal Academy of Engineering is strongly committed to the application of engineering to poverty reduction and helping communities rebuild in key areas such as water and sanitation, shelter and infrastructure, following natural disasters. Everything that RedR strives for is therefore central to the Academy's key strategies and we are delighted to become a Patron of RedR."

The event presented an opportunity for RedR to thank existing supporters for their continued commitment, welcome new Patrons on board and engage with potential new supporters. HRH The Princess Royal also addressed the guests, highlighting the unique role of RedR within the humanitarian sector, thanking Patrons for their continued support and emphasising their important role in helping RedR meet future challenges.

Notes for editors

  1. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship - comprising the UK's most eminent engineers - provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain's engineering community.
  2. RedR is the leading training and recruitment charity for disaster relief. We provide training, consultancy and support to disaster relief agencies and their staff all over the world, increasing their effectiveness in the field. RedR ensures that skilled professionals are always available to respond when disasters occur, through the introduction of new relief workers into the sector and the placement of experienced relief workers.

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