We are participating in Gamma Ball Rally IV which will see the Polycom team driving a reasonably priced car across three countries and competing with other teams to win the on-road challenges. Organised by the UK voice partner Gamma, we will be supporting two charities Action through Enterprise and SpecialEffect. A Just Giving page has been set-up to collect donations for both charities.
This year the team will be rallying from Newbury in the UK to Amsterdam in the Netherlands, where a black-tie event will take place to auction the £500 cars for charity.
While there are many adventurous hurdles to overcome, such as go-karting in a makeshift course last year, the team seems to be in high spirits and cannot wait to begin their journey on 16th September.
A group of colleagues from the Polycom UK office supported Cancer Research UK for the fifth consecutive year to raise awareness of the great work that the organisation does. The Polycom team was led by Helen Simpson who initiated the programme five years ago and has led the programme ever since.
The team all took turns to walk around the track for the duration of the relay on 18 – 19 July 2015 along with hundreds of others – braving the gale-force winds that blew the gazebos over from time-to-time. The frequent British downpours tried to deter us but we kept going unfazed. Even lack of sleep couldn’t stop us or slow us down! Although some of us did decide to choose bouncing over walking for one whole lap to support another team’s charity fund.
The team raised another small amount of charity fund by hosting ‘Water or
Wine’ games at our stand where the visitors were asked to guess whether a wrapped up bottle of wine actually contains wine; they got to keep the wine if they guessed it right.
To keep ourselves awake in between the shifts, a small group of us participated in a pub quiz organised at the dead of the night. Everyone was a winner if one of you participated!
The beautiful Candle of Hope ceremony lit up Royal Ascot’s Silver Ring through the night, giving all Relayers the much needed glimmer of hope.
The team did a fantastic job taking part, we all rallied to complete our task and the team spirit was phenomenal. Here is to the next year…
Team Polycom’s charity efforts can still be supported at the official Team Polycom page on the Cancer Research UK website.