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Around the world in eighty days for Crisis

Since October 15th, three teams of 14 people, made up of Integral colleagues, family members and suppliers, have been taking part in our company challenge, virtually recreating Phileas Fogg’s around the world trip, to raise money for homeless charity Crisis.

Every day, the participants have been out in sun, wind, rain and darkness, to clock up the necessary socially distanced miles to circumnavigate the globe. With an average of at least 3.5 miles a day required from each person, it is no mean feat to keep up the necessary level of activity needed to not fall behind and face penalties. Especially when cycling was only allowed for certain portions of the journey.

However, this challenge was not only physical but mental too, as the teams had to recruit nominated ‘quizzers’ who competed online to win their team extra bonus miles at various stages of the trip.

Aside from brain power and logging walks or runs on Strava, bonus points were won and awarded for themed ‘selfies of the week’, relevant to the country they were virtually travelling through. This resulted in a selection of amusing photos featuring bridges, burgers, Indian food and costumes from the Alps and Egypt, to name just a few.

Solutions Director Bernie McPhail who organised the event said:

“I wanted this to give us something to focus on in tough times and especially during winter when it is easy to feel down. Exercise is great for mental health and wellbeing, but this event is also about fun, teamwork, exercising body and mind and supporting a fantastic charity.

It was great to see people from across the business pulling together and supplier PHS also got involved. Everyone has been really dedicated to the effort and very competitive, with The Unstoppables and the Covid Border Breakers now neck and neck in a sprint to the finish.”

There is still time to donate and help the teams reach their £1,500 target, by the time they complete the final leg from New York to Greenwich. You can support those that are homeless & in greater need than ever this winter, by visiting the link. Thank you to all who have donated.

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