On Friday, 26th May, staff from Bamboo Technology Group organised a bikeathon and company car wash at their Cheltenham offices to raise money for Deaf Direct, a charity which supports the deaf and hard-of-hearing in Herefordshire, Oxfordshire and Worcestershire.
32 members of staff participated in the bikeathon, with each person taking it in turns to cycle for nine minute stints. In total Bamboo’s staff cycled for four hours, covering an approximate distance of 107 miles. Those staff wishing to avoid the saddle sores armed themselves with a bottle of wax and a pressure washer, and set to work cleaning staff cars for £10 a time. All this on the hottest day of the year so far in Cheltenham where temperatures reached 26 degrees Celsius.
Lorrin White, MD of Bamboo, who kicked off the bikeathon event, commented on her team’s efforts, “I am very proud of the positive attitude of everyone and their efforts here today. Together they have raised £507 so far – and we expect more to come in over the next few days.
“With 1 in 6 people in the UK being unable to hear, this was a very worthy cause which affects us all in some way. Deaf Direct helps a person to ‘feel like a human being again’ after a diagnosis of hearing loss. They have been providing practical and emotional support to overcome communication barriers for 90 years now, and as a longstanding customer as well, we were only too happy to offer our support.
“We are all looking forward to our next company meeting in June, when Sarah Hindley from Deaf Direct will be coming in to tell us more about the great work of the charity – and some of the ways our fundraising efforts have helped.”
Philip Gerrard, CEO of Deaf Direct, thanked the team for their efforts: “We are grateful to Bamboo for taking on such a gruelling challenge. Every day people with hearing loss face communication barriers and we hope the physical challenges the team faced helped them to appreciate how difficult it can be for deaf and hard of hearing people to overcome their own challenges.
“This year is Deaf Direct’s 90th Anniversary and we are pleased that local businesses are supporting our work. The funds raised could help provide information and advice for those facing hearing loss, fund places at our Residential for deaf and hard of hearing children or fund translation services for British Sign Language users. Hearing loss is invisible, we make sure the person isn’t and we are thankful that Bamboo have helped to change the lives of deaf and hard of hearing people.”
This event was organised to support Deaf Direct’s 90th anniversary celebrations and to maintain the momentum from Deaf Awareness Week 2017, which ran from 15th May-21st May.
If you would like to make a donation in support of the team’s efforts, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Bamboo-Bikeathon.