Vir­tual cy­cle with real char­i­ta­ble out­come

Irish Examiner - County - - Front page - Eoin English

They had no prob­lem re­cruit­ing vol­un­teers in this work­place for an epic fundrais­ing cy­cle from Cork to Switzer­land.

Sev­eral char­i­ties have now re­ceived a pre-Christ­mas wind­fall thanks to staff at international re­cruit­ment spe­cial­ists, Ox­ford Global Re­sources, who cy­cled the dis­tance from Cork to Zug in Switzer­land with­out ever leav­ing the banks of the Lee.

Staff at the com­pany’s Cork of­fices took on the fundrais­ing chal­lenge to ‘vir­tu­ally’ cy­cle the dis­tance from their Penrose Quay of­fice to the com­pany’s Euro­pean of­fice in Zug - a to­tal dis­tance of 1,820km - to help raise money for Mary­mount Hos­pice, Cork Penny Din­ners and The Rain­bow Club for chil­dren with autism.

Cork Penny Din­ners soup kitchen is one of Cork’s old­est char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions, serv­ing up to 2,000 meals ev­ery week to clients from all over the city.

Mary­mount Hos­pice in Cur- ra­heen of­fers respite, in­ter­me­di­ate pal­lia­tive and res­i­den­tial care ser­vices for el­derly peo­ple as well as spe­cial­ist pal­lia­tive care ser­vices.

The Rain­bow Club for chil­dren with autism is run en­tirely by vol­un­teers and of­fers chil­dren with ASD a safe en­vi­ron­ment in which to de­velop their so­cial skills us­ing a wide range of ac­tiv­i­ties.

The staff set out to com­plete the chal­lenge in two days, with col­leagues tak­ing turns on five bikes to notch up the mileage. But they smashed their orig­i­nal tar­get of cov­er­ing the dis­tance to Zug in two days, and so de­cided to dou­ble their fundrais­ing chal­lenge by ‘vir­tu­ally cy­cle’ back to Cork. They cov­ered the re­turn trip of 3,640km in just four days.

They also hosted themed break­fasts each morn­ing from which­ever coun­try they were ‘cy­cling’ through, in­clud­ing Ire­land, Eng­land, France, Bel­gium and Switzer­land. Em­ploy­ees col­lected spon­sor­ship from friends and fam­i­lies, and when com­bined with the in­come from raf­fles, the staff raised a to­tal of €12,740, which has now been di­vided equally be­tween the char­i­ties.

Pat O’Re­gan rep­re­sent­ing Mary­mount, Catri­ona Twomey rep­re­sent­ing Cork Penny Din­ners and Karen O’Ma­honey rep­re­sent­ing the Rain­bow Club for Chil­dren with Autism, were in­vited to the of­fice last week to ac­cept the do­na­tions. They all said the money will help con­tinue pro­vid­ing var­i­ous ser­vices to the peo­ple of Cork and be­yond.

Pic­ture: Jim Cough­lan

Front row: Pauline Roche, Ox­ford Global Re­sources, Penrose Quay; Karen O’Ma­hony, The Rain­bow Club; Pat O’Re­gan, Mary­mount; Ciara O’Dwyer, Ox­ford Global Re­sources, Catri­ona Twomey, Cork Penny Din­ners and Jola Ges­lak, Ox­ford Global Re­sources, and Ox­ford Global Re­sources staff mem­bers who as part of an In­ter Of­fice Chal­lenge, cy­cled over 3,640 km’s in three days, rais­ing €12,690, in aid of Mary­mount, Penny Din­ners and The Rain­bow Club.

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