Exmouth Splash team braves typhoon conditions to help create children’s play area in Japan
PUBLISHED: 17:00 03 October 2018
An Exmouth-based project team has braved the worst typhoon in Japan’s recent history to help provide children in the Asian country with new play equipment.
The team, which is made up of former British forces personnel, were in Tokyo working with a business school on a training exercise which involved creating an accessible climbing area for children in one day.
It was on that day that Typhoon Jebi – the worst of its kind to hit the Asian island nation in the last 25 years – struck.
After the team from Exmouth-based Splash Community Projects, of Victoria Road, carried out a full safety assessment, everyone including the 14 employees from the business school was keen to get the work done – despite gale-force winds and torrential rain.
“I gave them all waterproofs and they just wrapped up and got on with it,” said Andy Peters, project manager.
“They knew it was for a charity for children and so knuckled down to the task.
“It was pouring with rain when they arrived in the morning but as the afternoon wore on it got really, really windy.
“Had the weather conditions been too much we could have moved inside and the Splash team would have completed the project later.
“However, in the garden where we were working we were surrounded by some tall buildings which reduced the effect of the wind a little bit. There weren’t many other people outside though.”
The scheme, coordinated by Exmouth Business Awards winner Splash Community Projects, was successfully completed and the children, who receive full-time care, are now enjoying their new play facility.
Splash delivers experiential learning programmes through real-life projects led by former paratroopers, commandos, military divers and Royal Marines.
Andy said the team’s military background meant they were very used to completing projects within extreme and challenging conditions.
He added: “We just crack on with it and don’t let it concern us really. We love it.”
The team is now preparing to create an educational garden for teenagers and young adults with behavioural disorders in France.