GForces steps up for Sport Relief

How we supported Sport Relief through “5 Ways in 5 Days”.

Sport Relief is just one of the many charities we support here at GForces. Throughout the year, we hold fun events to support organisations such as Save the Children, Comic Relief, MacMillan Cancer Research and BEN – a charity that focuses on helping those in the automotive industry. But this week, it’s all been about Sport Relief.

In a homage to the healthy mantra of making sure you have your “five a day”, we’ve been taking part in our home-grown “five ways in five days” event. For a small contribution, teams across the company have been taking on a series of sporty challenges to help raise funds for Sport Relief.

First off, a group of dedicated GForcers have spent the week on the march, as part of the “Billion Steps Challenge” – a major event for this year’s Sport Relief. Already past 785 million accumulative strides as a National total, we have been making our own steps count via lunchtime walks, running half-marathons, or just running errands around the office. As of this afternoon, the GForces participants had stepped up to the challenge with a total of over 1,168,470. We’re sure you’ll agree this is a brilliant effort all round. And special congratulations to Emma Parsons, who strode to the top of the table with a total of over 170,000 steps! 

The second challenge saw teams of four seeing how long they could hold the plank position. With yoga enthusiasts, boxers, amateur wrestlers, strong men, and many keen gym goers filling out the ranks at GForces, this one was bound to get competitive. Huge congratulations to Katie Woodard and Passang Pulger, who both managed to stretch out their time past the six-minute mark, and to the overall winning team from the Design department.

There was also an opportunity to exercise the brain, in a special, Question of Sport esque quiz held over Wednesday lunchtime. This contest of champions was won by the Creative team. Not to be outdone, the BBC will be hosting their own special “A Question of Sport Relief”, tonight on BBC2 at 10pm.

And if that wasn’t enough, there were a further two opportunities to contribute to the cause. Our ever-popular bake sale saw our team of bakers cook up some healthy (or not so healthy) treats, some of which doubled up as prizes for the week’s events. And for a final bit of fun, we encouraged each other to put a few pounds towards being able to wear a favourite sports shirt or even dress up as a celebrity athlete. With a whole week of fundraising, we’re sure it’s been one of our most successful and participated in events.

We’ve even put a little film together to show how our exhaustive efforts went. 

This year, Sport Relief is promoting the event through “whatever moves you”. And GForces is certainly moved by charitable causes, as we’ve already touched on. It’s not only important to many individuals within the company, but it’s also important to GForces too. We can’t be immune to the struggles and illnesses our colleagues and their families may be affected by. Whether its letting people know it’s okay not to be okay, or just holding as many events as we can to raise money and have fun doing so, we do our part.

Since the last Sport Relief, over 900,000 people across Africa have been treated with anti-malarial drugs. Over 3.4 million people have been helped through maternal, neonatal, and child health funding. And here in the UK, more than 50,000 people have been supported in living with a mental health problem. Sport Relief believes everyone deserves the right to live happier, healthier and safer lives. The money raised through Sport Relief goes to support over 2,000 projects in the UK and around the world.

This year’s Sport Relief will be broadcast on BBC1 tonight, from 7pm. If would like to support GForces in our efforts, you can do so here.

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Author: Luke Phillips (73 Articles)