Eighteen riders from Ceridian, one of the UK's leading HCM technology and service providers, will set out from Oban on July 13 on a two-day, 120-mile, 'Tour d'Ecosse' bike ride to the company's flagship HR Shared Service Centre at Braehead, near Glasgow in aid of the Payback Foundation.
Doug Sawers, managing director at Ceridian UK, said:
The Payback Foundation is our own charity, helping disadvantaged children who live or attend school in the vicinity of one of our five offices in the UK and Ireland. It aims to support named individuals as part of an ongoing and long-term relationship and so far Payback has funded over 170 deserving youngsters through grants exceeding �300,000.
</br>The riders themselves have already raised over �2,000 in personal donations ahead of the ride through JustGiving.
</br>And late in the afternoon on July 14, we are organising a welcome home party for them and a summer BBQ for our staff. During the celebrations, we will be presenting specially-adapted trikes to two Payback beneficiaries plus a laptop to another kindly donated by our office neighbours, Lenovo.
</br>The first trike beneficiary is a four-year-old girl suffering from verbal and motor dyspraxia affecting her balance and co-ordination and the second a four and half-year-old girl suffering from global developmental delays resulting in physical difficulties and a complex learning disability. Both will benefit from the physical exercise permitted by these Theraplay trikes. The recipient of the laptop to help his schoolwork is a 13-year-old boy suffering from ADHD and Asperger's Syndrome.
</br>What makes this social event special is that we will bring together the beneficiaries of the Payback Foundation charity with the people who do the fundraising for them, our Ceridian employees.
</br>We will also organise other fundraising activities and have live bands at the event.
Ceridian UK and site sports and social committees are covering the riders' accommodation expenses at Portavadie, support vehicles, plus cycle shirt top costs. Other corporate sponsors are Lenovo, the personal technology company and world's second-largest PC vendor.
The training efforts of the riders can be followed at www.facebook.com/CTDE2013 and donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/teams/ceridian-tourdecosse