REC’s southern team joined forces with Associated British Ports Southampton last week, to participate in their Rio Olympic Golds Charity Challenge 2017. ABP is the UK’s leading port operator and their Southampton port is one of the nation’s largest including being the UK’s number one port for cars and cruise.
Helping raise funds for the charity, The Rainbow Centre, the event was hosted at the Lee Valley White Water Centre in London, where teams from REC, ABP Southampton, Raymond Brown Construction, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Terminals and Stride Treglown got together to try their hands at kayaking for the day.
Health and safety a top priority, everyone’s day began with a swim test at the former Olympics 2012 site and it was with relief that those who had committed themselves to a day in the rapids could, indeed, swim. The teams then took to the water in pairs, with the main aim to complete the course and not capsize the boats. Although it is questionable as to whether teams spent longer in the water than they did in the kayaks, all teams succeeded and the day was followed by a celebratory BBQ.
REC’s Regional Director, Stuart Philips, said of the event,“ABP Southampton has taken on a mammoth challenge of re-enacting all 27 Gold Medals won by Team GB at the Rio Olympics and have certainly set their sights high. The team has more than risen to the occasion, and with help from members of the port community along the way, their charity challenge 2017 is a great success story. REC is delighted to contribute to ABP’s cause and raised a total of £400 for the charity through the kayaking event. We hope that ABP continues to inspire others through such events and we look forward to taking part on other Team GB gold medal challenges”.
Sean Cooper of ABP Southampton added, “Since beginning the 27 Gold Medals challenge earlier this year, the ABP Southampton team and the port’s community have rallied together to build relationships and raise much needed funds for our charity of the year, The Rainbow Centre. Hitting the ground running as the lead sponsor of Southampton’s marathon in April which included a 10k race, the ABP team has since gone from strength to strength and gone onto raise almost £1,500; a quarter of our £6,000 target. We look forward to our upcoming challenges and thank everyone who has supported us so far”.
All money raised will go to ABP’s chosen charity, The Rainbow Centre, which provides conductive educational support to children with Cerebral Palsy and adults with a stroke, MS and Parkinson’s, adult Cerebral Palsy, Head Injury and their families. The Rainbow Centre relies upon donations to raise the £66,000 a month to provide its services. To find out more about ABP Southampton’s challenge, go to their charity page here, or to find out more about The Rainbow Centre itself, you can visit its website here.