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Nimlok’s spinning success for Andrew Grene Foundation

January 22, 2015 | Kelly Edwards

Tim Perutz cycling for the AGFWe’re thrilled to say that Nimlok staff and colleagues from around Europe have successfully cycled the equivalent of the Haitian border, 1,324 miles in under 24 hours to raise money for the Andrew Grene Foundation (AGF).

The challenge was set by the AGF as January 2015 marks the 5th anniversary of the tragic earthquake that hit Haiti that took the lives of many including Andrew Grene, a UN worker who fought for peace in some of the world’s most precarious situations.

The AGF is a charity close to Nimlok’s heart and was set up as a legacy to Andrew Grene by twin brother Gregory and childhood friend Tim Perutz, Nimlok’s Chairman. The AGF’s mission is to provide education and micro finance to the Haitian people.

Over the five years since its conception, many of the people who work at Nimlok have taken part in challenges on behalf of the AGF to help raise money and awareness, but this was our largest and boldest challenge to date.

The challenge

AGF cycling challengeThis cycling challenge asked us to cycle throughout the night to cover a whopping 1,324 miles – the length of the Haitian border. This may sound mad (and indeed it was) but each participant took to the bikes and helped us to reach our goal by giving up their Friday night and Saturday morning for this important cause.

The challenge was hosted in Nimlok’s UK showroom in Wellingborough, with a grand total of 43 Nimlok staff and colleagues taking to their bikes from 6pm and cycling throughout the night to finally finish at about 10.20am.

As well as UK colleagues taking part in the challenge, we were also racing around 50 colleagues from France and Italy who were also taking part in the AGF cycle challenge.

We are pleased to say that the UK team smashed the challenge in under 17 hours which is 7 hours under our target and to cap it off, we also beat our European colleagues to the finish line!

As well as being good sports for taking part, each participant was sponsored to take part in the cycle-athon, with some going the extra mile – including one person who was sponsored to take part in his motorcycle gear!!

We couldn’t be prouder of the people who work at Nimlok for coming together in such high numbers to take part in this challenge to raise vital funds for the AGF. While we’re still waiting for sponsorship money to be counted, we’re still on a high from cycling and looking forward to our next challenge …