A team of 20 employees from Ceridian, plus three external team members, have raised over �25,000 so far in aid of the Payback Foundation after completing the arduous challenge of Tough Mudder held in Henley-on-Thames on April 26. Tough Mudder is a 12 mile military-style untimed obstacle race, held in muddy conditions with over 2,500 feet of climbs, designed by British Special Forces to "challenge the toughest of the tough".
Doug Sawers, managing director at Ceridian UK, said:
"The Payback Foundation is our own charity, helping disabled and 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 with physical, emotional or learning difficulties as part of an ongoing and long-term relationship and so far Payback has funded over 450 deserving youngsters through grants exceeding �400,000.
"Tough Mudder is designed by British Special Forces to test mental as well as physical strength. The 25 obstacles, with names like arctic enema, electroshock therapy and boa constrictor, really challenge the body and any natural fears of electricity fire, heights and water. To complete the course, teamwork is vital as all the obstacles are specifically designed to encourage group participation. We all had to help each other finish, putting the team first while overcoming our natural fears. Having completed the course with over 20 of my colleagues and some friends, I am incredibly proud of the team spirit shown by all and above all immensely grateful for the financial support provided to raise so much money for such a worthy cause."
Ceridian employees who competed in the Ceridian team were: Audrey Blanchard, Jeremy Campbell, Ken Cheatle, Alan Dakin, Sonia Dempster, Kirsty Dowding, Laura Gillespie, Steve Hawley, Debby Hill, Pete Howley, Paul Jusztachowski, Chris Mendy, Ami Morris, Rick Norgate (vice captain), Dan Rawding, Andr�a Rowland, Doug Sawers (fifth from left, back row), Abi Sowande, Mai-Po Wan (team captain) and Raz Zaman. External team members comprised Keith Dempster, Katie Patterson and Mike Stevens.
The Payback Foundation was established in 1997. PayBack supports grant applications for named children, aged 17 or under at the time of application, who have physical, emotional or learning difficulties and live within a 10-mile radius of a Ceridian UK office. PayBack also supports grants for organisations who work with children who fit the above criteria.
Online donations in support of Ceridian UK does Tough Mudder in aid of the PayBack Foundation are still most welcome. Please visit: http://www.justgiving.com/teams/ceridiantm