Employees of international insurer QBE
have launched a cycling relay around Britain in an attempt to raise £50,000 for a breast cancer charity.
Starting in Glasgow on Monday, the QBE
staff set off on the two-week event, which will visit each of the insurer’s offices, culminating at the European headquarters in London on September 21.
The relay aims to cover 1,500 miles and raise £25,000 for UK charity group Breast Cancer Care. QBE
will match the funds with another £25,000 donation.
More than 75 QBE
employees participated in the relay. Those unable to join the gruelling road tour can use static bikes in the insurer’s offices to take part in the charitable event.
“We have a fantastic charity spirit at QBE
and when we commit to something like this we really do our utmost to make the biggest impact,” said QBE
chief executive Richard Pryce.
“Breast Cancer Care and the work they do really resonates with QBE
employees and that is why my colleagues and I are going the extra mile on our bikes,” he added.
Earlier this year, QBE
employees voted to adopt Breast Cancer Care as the company’s charity partner for the next two years.
hopes to raise a total of £200,000 by the end of its partnership with the charity group, which will use the funds to provide specialist nurses, local services and an emotional support network to thousands of breast cancer patients.
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