This Sunday, a team of volunteers from Optical Express will be taking part in Scotland’s biggest bike ride, Pedal for Scotland, to support the STV Appeal.
Sandy Halliday, Scott Mcallister, Jamie Kane, Amanda Smyth, Debbie Young and William Connelly will take on the 47 mile challenge, setting off from Glasgow Green and finishing at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh.
The ride, now in its 15th year, attracted over 7500 participants last year and is a great opportunity for entrants to see some of the stunning countryside between Scotland’s two biggest cities as well as helping to raise money to tackle child poverty in Scotland.
The STV Appeal is committed to helping children and young people affected by poverty in Scotland. The shocking fact remains that 220,000 children in Scotland live in poverty. In its first two years the STV Appeal has raised £3.3 million, allowing them to invest in 98 big and small projects across all 32 local authority areas in Scotland, helping over 9,000 children.
The STV Appeal works closely with Scotland’s leading experts in the field of child poverty, sharing knowledge and expertise with both small community groups and national charities on their experiences of addressing the challenges of child poverty in Scotland.
Although the event isn’t a race, it hasn’t stopped the competitive side of the volunteers coming to the fore. “We’ve been having a bit of banter with each other to see who can get the most donations,” commented Sandy Halliday who works in the marketing team at our Head Office, “There have been a few emails going around the office with suggestions of a forfeit for the one who gets the least donations. We’re all hoping we can raise as much money as we can for the STV Appeal.”
“I know Optical Express has supported the STV Appeal over the last couple of years. As a keen cyclist, I just thought it was a great way of contributing to the appeal whilst doing something a bit different and fun. I’m sure it will be quite difficult and I’m fully expecting to feel a bit of pain in my legs on Monday morning but I know we’ll work well as a team and have a great time doing it.”
The relationship between Optical Express and the STV Appeal goes back to its launch when we were delighted to donate the use of our Customer Contact Centre to help collect donations during the live TV broadcasts. Over 100 staff volunteered to man the phone lines over the course of the appeal, helping the appeal to raise £1.3 million in its inaugural year. We were further pleased to repeat that support in 2012 whilst there have been a number of smaller fundraising and awareness days to help the appeal reach its targets.
If you would like to support Sandy and the rest of the Optical Express team, they have set up a Just Giving page where you can make a donation: www.justgiving.com/optical-express-glasgow
To see some of the great work the STV Appeal do, visit their website:http://campaigns.stv.tv/stv-appeal/