September 28th 2012
Smurfit Kappa UK, the integrated manufacturers of paper based packaging solutions are revelling in the success of what has been the biggest ever UK charity event of its kind for the company.
Over 200 Smurfit Kappa employees donned the Lycra and joined the ride, cycling in a relay, 12 hours a day, over 25 days, covering 2012 miles around all 35 Smurfit Kappa UK sites.
More than 250 people in total helped to make the event an overwhelming success and are proud of their efforts, raising a total of £25,000 for Cancer Research UK and Tommy’s, a charity which funds research into complex pregnancy issues.
“We chose these charities as they are close to the hearts of many of our employees, friends and families” explains Khalsa Hughes, Marketing Manager for Smurfit Kappa UK.
After much planning and careful consideration the first leg began at the Smurfit Kappa UK head office on Saturday 1st September, where an enthusiastic team began the journey cycling 26 miles in Bristol from Portishead to Yate. From there, teams of cyclists from all areas of the business followed the course covering all corners of the UK in a huge clockwise loop finishing back at Portishead on September 25th.
The teams were averaging 80.5 miles a day with the longest leg being 155 miles cycled between Gosport and Barnstaple over 2 days. There were some incredible achievements and shows of determination along the way.
Monika Maciejewska, Sustainability Manager for Smurfit Kappa Paper UK who was involved in organising the event comments; “ Customers, suppliers, staff, friends and family alike have showed tremendous support through donations and well wishes. Our staff at each of the 35 sites have especially shown great support for their colleagues, welcoming the teams with balloons, banners and buffets.”
Smurfit Kappa UK has a commitment to corporate responsibility and ensuring the prosperous development and growth of the wider society in which its business operates. As an internationally recognised company Smurfit Kappa have been able to exploit their corporate position as a vehicle to support internationally recognised charities such as Cancer Research UK and raise the profile of other charities such as Tommy’s.
This achievement will undoubtedly set a precedent for future charity events to be undertaken by Smurfit Kappa UK and has inspired the 2,500 UK employees to take part in more activities that support the wider community.
Notes to editors
Smurfit Kappa operates in more than 30 countries globally, with over 330 production sites that produce 5.1 million tonnes of containerboard and 5.0 million tonnes of corrugated packaging. With sales in 2011 of €7.4 billion and around 38,000 employees, Smurfit Kappa is a focused player in paper-based packaging.
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