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Students score free trip to Bangkok to win top prize in charity challenge

Last week LSE students raised over £5,000 for international development charity Farm Africa in a 'jailbreak' challenge which saw one group of daring undergraduates secure free return flights to Bangkok, Thailand.

15 teams of two or three students had 36 hours to escape from their LSE 'prison' and travel as far as possible in 36 hours without paying for their transport.Thailand medium

The winning teammates were undergraduate students Lynne Sakr, Jessica Jourja, and Riana Barrow (from left), who raised £470 in donations and managed to travel 9,691 kilometres with Thai Airways.

Riana said: “Jailbreak is a great concept and it was brilliant to be able to help a charity and have fun in the process.”

Overall, LSE students participating in the Jailbreak challenge managed to traverse a total of 21,000 kilometres, with other teams travelling to Bucharest, Malaga and Vienna.

LSE students voted to raise money for Farm Africa, which works with smallholder farmers across eastern Africa who are living at subsistence level and at risk of crop failure. Working directly with over 1.5 million people each year, the farmers pass on knowledge, climate smart seeds and livestock offspring to others, resulting in a ripple effect which means Farm Africa can indirectly help millions of people.

The Jailbreak challenge was part of the Raising And Giving (RAG) week-long fundraising drive which took place within the LSE Students' Union, raising over £17,000 for various charities.

Visit the LSE RAG week Facebook page or the Jailbreak challenge webpage for more information about the activities that took place.

Posted 1 February 2016