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MPA helping to improve poverty housing

HIS Royal Highness, The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO, joined delegates and their partners at the European cement industry’s annual General Assembly’s Gala Dinner earlier this week, where he welcomed a donation of £17,000 on behalf of Habitat for Humanity Great Britain – the charity which exists to help some of the world’s most vulnerable people out of poverty housing and into decent, basic, dry homes.

‘Poverty housing is a blight on humanity and our landscapes and we cannot stand idly by,’ said Nigel Jackson, chief executive of the Mineral Products Association (MPA), who handed over the cheque to Habitat for Humanity GB.’

‘Our donation is, in fact, a donation from every single delegate to the Cembureau General Assembly,’ added Dr Pal Chana, executive director of MPA Cement. ‘Traditionally, delegates have received individual gifts from the host country. We took the view that there were many more people who could benefit if we set aside individual expectations and embraced a collective responsibility to those less fortunate.

‘If we can help make even one family’s life better, then it is worth it. But we know that £17,000 can make the lives of hundreds of families elsewhere in the world far better.’

The MPA has supported Habitat for Humanity for the past year and raised money for its Haiti appeal through the sale of surplus office furniture. Together with Hanson Cement, CEMEX UK, Lafarge Cement UK and Tarmac Buxton Lime and Cement, the Association also sponsored a senior member of staff to go to a remote village in Bangladesh, with Habitat for Humanity, to work alongside two families to help them build their own homes.

‘We are delighted that we can be of some help to such a worthy cause, and very grateful to his Royal Highness for all the hard work he does on behalf of Habitat for Humanity,’ said Mr Jackson. ‘We will continue to make contributions to this movement as the opportunities present themselves.’


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