A team of intrepid Trek Consultants from REPL is in training for a unique ultra challenge: walking 100km along the banks of the River Thames. They’ll be joining more than 2,000 other brave souls to tackle the Thames Path Challenge starting on the morning of September the 7th.
Following the river from Putney Bridge in London to the leafy town of Henley in Oxfordshire, they’ll be putting their mental determination and physical stamina to the ultimate test. Their endurance challenge will be raising money for two charities that REPL is proud to support:
- CALM, the Campaign Against Living Miserably which raises awareness of male suicide, the leading killer of men under 45 in UK. CALM aims to reduce these rates and organises events and campaigns like L’Eau de Chris.
- Molly Olly’s Wishes which supports children with terminal or life-threatening illnesses and their families. They grant individual wishes and donate therapeutic toys and books to children and hospitals.
Molly Olly’s Wishes is REPL’s long-term fundraising partnership. Their support has helped to fund the only children’s palliative care consultant in the West Midlands. The money raised from the Thames Path Challenge will fund special individual wishes.
Supporting CALM is a new initiative as senior consultant at REPL Kafi Kawafi explains: “A key part of our CSR work and overall company philosophy is centred on happiness at work and ensuring people feel engaged.
“Within that, we need to understand and support mental health issues, reducing the stigma and making employees aware of how the company can help. Whether that’s holding sessions to talk and share coping strategies or using the benefits of health insurance such as psychologist sessions.
“As an IT company with a large number of male team members, CALM is a natural fit. They’re involved in some very interesting projects and we’d like to do our bit to help them spread the word.”
CALM supporters can sign up for various challenges, with corporate teams encouraged to join forces and take part in activities together. The REPL Thames Path Challenge team currently numbers 9, including CEO Cerys Johnson, and hopes to raise several thousand pounds.
Kafi, who has been training with fellow organiser Frazer Jackson, adds: “We eventually want to do another big challenge like climb up to the base camp of Mount Everest, but we decided that as our first challenge we would like to keep this accessible to as many people as possible and take on the 100km Thames Path Challenge”.
“People can go entirely at their own pace. Some of us are aiming to do the whole course continuously without an overnight break while others will be taking more time.”
Frazer, who ran his first half-marathon in July to promote Payroll Giving at REPL, adds: “You need to be pretty active to take on the 100km but it’s definitely more a test of endurance than a race. We’re all looking forward to getting out on the walk and popping our feet up afterwards.”
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