Mazars employees get on their bikes for 1,000 miles charity ride

15 September 2017 3 min. read
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On Monday, Nearly two hundred staff of Mazars took to the roads to commence their ‘Sense 1000’ challenge. The national cycling event in aid of the national disability charity Sense sees participants from 15 offices ride over 1,000 miles from 11th-22nd September.

The ‘Sense 1000’ challenge is a national cycling event in aid of the national disability charity Sense. This year’s event will see almost 200 Mazars staff participate for the first time, as the tour passes all 15 of Mazars offices in England and Scotland, in an effort to raise funds to support people with complex communication needs.

The 11 day test of endurance began on the 11th of September and will conclude on the 22nd of September, with the 1,000 mile route from Glasgow to London divided into 16 different legs. Cyclists are able to choose to undertake suitable stages throughout the event, or even given the option to attempt the entirety of the epic journey from start to finish. The event is designed to allow participants of all ability levels to take on a new challenge and raise money for a worthwhile cause.

Mazars get on their bikes to  ride 1,000 miles for charity

Sense is a national charity that supports people who are deafblind, have sensory impairments or complex needs, to enjoy more independent lives, and funds raised through the event will be donated towards the charity’s work in local communities, which includes the creation of TouchBase Pears, a pioneering new community centre in Birmingham that will provide specialist provision for disabled people in the region.

To thank participants for their efforts, Mazars and Sense will host a number of receptions along the route, ranging from barbeques to tours of Sense Touchbase centres. Participants, volunteers, members of staff, friends and family, clients and contacts will be welcomed with refreshments and drinks, accompanied by a series of talks.

Ian Wrightson, Mazars Head of People and Culture, said, “The Sense 1000 challenge… has brought teams from across the UK together to work towards a common goal. All of those riding and supporting the event deserve thanks for their effort and for taking on a personal challenge in the same of a worthy cause.”

Gillian Morbey, Sense CEO, meanwhile commented, “We’re thrilled that Mazars has chosen to support our cause in such an incredible way. Sense prides itself on enabling people to achieve their aspirations, and the Mazars event gives participants the chance to test themselves and achieve their goals.”

Earlier in the year, Mazars also participated in a Strictly Come Dancing-style event that saw businesses bring in a total of £4,500 for charities. Mazars are not the only consulting firm to have gone the extra mile for charity in 2017, however. In June, Big Four consultancy PwC employees similarly got on their bikes in the name of charity, taking part in a massive bicycle relay tour of the British Isles. Meanwhile, in celebration of their 50th birthday, Capgemini challenged employees to each walk, run, cycle or swim for a sponsored kilometre worth €1, with the aim of raising a total of €100,000 for three selected charities. Scandinavian firm QVARTZ also partook in their own incredible journey, sending two dedicated employees on a marathon drive from Denmark to Mongolia in aid of Go Help, a Mongolia-based NGO providing healthcare and education support to the remote nation.