Spirit of Collaboration Shines Through in Charity Cycling Challenge

Zach Douglas, Orega
Zach Douglas, Orega

There’s nothing easy about fundraising. Especially when it means completing an intense 350-mile cycling challenge in just 4 days. That’s a lot of legwork, in more ways than one.

But great things happen when people work together, and the rewards are immeasurable – even life-saving.

That’s what Orega’s Zach Douglas hopes to achieve this June when he takes part in a gruelling fundraising event. “Pioneers’ Challenge” is a 350-mile cycling route from Geneva to Milan, which sees Zach take on the mighty Nufenen Pass – the second highest mountain pass in Switzerland – with an average of 88 miles of cycling per day.

Zach and the rest of the Orega team are raising money for Ugandan-based charity 1moreChild, a small aid organisation providing food, care, education and support to some of the world’s poorest children living in the slum village of Masese, Uganda.

The event is organised by Ride25, a cycling organisation with a charitable mission at its heart. Among other challenges, Ride25 offers a mammoth opportunity to cycle from UK to Australia, one leg at a time, with plenty of charity fundraising opportunities along the way. Talk about collaboration!

Spirit of collaboration

Of course collaboration and teamwork are an integral part of completing the challenge; as such feats aren’t accomplished alone.

Zach will be one of 125 riders tackling the 4-day challenge, and among those taking part is Rob Hamilton, founder of office space brokerage, Instant. Rob co-founded Ride25 alongside friend and travel enthusiast John Readman, with the aim of giving individuals and organisations the opportunity to travel the world by bike, one tour at a time.

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For Zach, Rob and the scores of other people taking part, this mission is all about breaking the cycle of poverty and helping to give disadvantaged Ugandan children a future. In Zach’s words, “That’s why I’m here, swapping my worksuit for lycra, and my desk for a bicycle.”

Hear his thoughts on 1moreChild and how his training is progressing here:

Collaboration means people power, which is just as important in business and in the workspace industry as it is in vital fundraising work. Great things happen when people work together, and who better than two icons of the business centre industry – who know a thing or two about collaboration – to lead the field?

Best of luck to all taking part! To sponsor Zach online go to: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/orega and follow his journey via Orega’s Twitter feed @oregacentres #OregaRIDE25.

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