On 25th – 26th July 2019, 184 employees tested their strength and stamina and got involved in a static bike and steps challenge to raise money for Mind, a UK based mental health charity.
Arvato hired stationary bikes for larger sites which included Chesterfield, Swansea, Slough Phoenix One, Warwick and Willerby, and steps trackers for smaller sites such as Slough Landmark Place, Farnborough and Maple Cross.
Tying in with Tour De France – the world’s biggest annual cycling event, employees aimed to collectively cycle and walk 2,200 miles, the overall distance of the Tour.
Our employees collectively managed to achieve 955.5 miles over the two days, and whilst the total number of miles didn’t reach the target, it did exceed the distance it would take to cycle or walk to all nine sites, starting at Willerby and ending at Farnborough – which is 720 miles and would take 63 hours to cycle and 200 hours to walk!
Despite it being the hottest days of the year so far, employees threw everything into the challenge whilst raising over £670.00 for Mind, a charity which provides advice and support to empower people experiencing a mental health challenge. Employees also got involved by doing cake sales and fuelling our athletes with sweet treats.
Rockie Butteling, Training and Quality Specialist, ArvatoConnect who contributed 19 miles within two 30 minutes’ slots said:
“I really enjoyed getting involved in Miles for Mind. There was a real buzz as colleagues cheered each other on and there was also some friendly competition. The event was a good opportunity to get to know people from other teams – and it was so nice to see that, no matter whether your fast or slow, we’re all one team, aiming for one goal!”
All employees who participated were automatically entered into a prize draw to win a £50 Virgin Experience Day voucher on each site. Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to the participants for embracing this challenge and getting stuck in!
You can support our employees challenge by donating via our Just Giving page here.