It’s great to be back in the office post the Colt Charity Bike Ride; seeing many of the faces, and the backs of heads, that I saw climbing mountains and riding around lakes as we all made the journey from Germany to Austria.
This year I rode the full 540km route from Munich to Vienna alongside 123 other cyclists, with the support of the 40 Colt volunteers who ensured we made it the whole way safely. It was great to connect with so many of you outside of the office, and I get a real sense of pride to see members of Colt pulling together for these great causes. Connectivity is at the heart of what Colt does, we connect our customers globally via the Colt IQ Network, and the Annual Colt Charity Bike Ride is a testament to this. It’s far more than a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative and builds strong, lasting relationships between colleagues and the wider community.
I’m pleased to say that this year marked the eighth year we’ve cycled and this year it involved nearly 200 Colt employees from 17 different countries across the world. Since the initiative began it’s raised over €1m for charities that support vulnerable children across the globe and this year we are over 90% of our fundraising target, which if we hit it, will see another €200,000 added to that already impressive amount.
The ride is no small challenge, both mentally and physically, and most riders have had to train between 10 to 12 hours per week in preparation for the 120km of cycling per day for four consecutive days. The organisational challenges of the event are also immense, and the whole thing could not have happened without the Bike Ride Committee and the Support Crew comprised solely of Colt volunteers. Following months of planning and global collaboration in the run-up to the ride, the Committee and Support Crew made sure riders had everything they needed throughout the trip; from accommodation to meals to moral support. Their organisation and hard work in the lead-up but also over the four days was invaluable.
Thank you and congratulations to everyone that dedicated so much time and effort to make this year’s Annual Charity Bike Ride such a success. I’m proud to have been involved and look forward to seeing how this brilliant event will continue to grow.
Carl Grivner, CEO, Colt Technology Services