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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

Cambridge Rag Jailbreak 2012

36 hours. 136 teams. No money. Mission: Travel as far as you possibly can!

It was a cold Friday morning on the 27th January 2012 when 136 teams of two assembled at Parker's Piece and began begging, bartering and hitching lifts to get as far away from Cambridge as possible. All of this was with the goal of breaking fundraising records and raising over £50,000 for Cambridge RAG's ten chosen charities.

Two undergraduates from this department were involved: Peter Atkinson was in one of the teams competing and Vinayak Rajendran was one of the four organizers of the event. 

Peter Atkinson, St John's, Part IIA, was part of team 145 together with Sophie Fallows of Murray Edwards, and they reached Barcelona, Spain, 751 miles from Cambridge. Peter was dressed as a giant hot dog, as shown in the photograph. They were helped greatly by a lady who gave them a lift to Stansted Airport and donated £200. To show their gratitude, the students have invited the lady to a St John's College formal dinner and she has accepted. 

This year teams have managed to clock up over 100,000 miles, reaching 28 countries across four continents in just 36 hours. The winners, Matilda Carr and Matthew Walton, travelled 6,705 miles to get to Singapore whilst the top twenty teams travelled to destinations including Hong Kong, Calgary, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Dubai, Larnaca, Istanbul and Marrakech.

With Jailbreakers now back in Cambridge, they are collecting money from their sponsors with renewed enthusiasm. It's not too late to sponsor a team's admirable efforts - they have until 1st March 2012 to hand in the money they've raised which will combine to produce a total that will go down in Jailbreak history. Anyone interested in sponsoring CEB's very own team can contact Peter Atkinson on by 28th February 2012.

Vinayak Rajendran was part of a team of four, all of whom took part in Jailbreak last year, and who have worked together like a flawlessly designed machine.

Prize winning fundraiser Immanuel (Manny) Kemp said, "It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that Jailbreak 2012 has been the best-organised event Cambridge RAG has run in several years, and Vin has really shone in the role of Logistics, planning everything in fine detail and executing it brilliantly." 

Vin was part of the team who won the prize for the best undergraduate design project presentation last year and also won one of the BP Prizes for Overall Performance the previous year.

The chosen charities are Medecins sans Frontieres, Unicef, WaterAid, Alzheimer's Research UK, British Red Cross, Jimmy's Night Shelter, Haven House Children's Hospice, Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre, FoodCycle and WinterComfort.

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