Virtual cycle with real charitable outcome
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.
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.