They may have dished out the Animal Welfare Awards earlier this year, but Ceva Animal Health has proved that they are welfare heroes in their own right – by raising funds for farming people in financial difficulty.
The strength, dedication and swimming ability of our business supporters was put to the test on Friday 24 July when the entire team at the Buckinghamshire-based Ceva Animal Health took on the Lakeland Challenge to raise funds for R.A.B.I and Hope Rescue, a welfare charity that helps to rehome dogs.
The UK team is a subsidiary of the Ceva Group, an international company that markets pioneering animal health products in the ruminant, pig, poultry, equine and pet sectors. R.A.B.I has been chosen as Ceva’s charity of the year in 2015 with a number of fundraising activities planned throughout the year.
The 50-strong group were split into teams of eight at the Cliff Lakes water park in Warwickshire and were tasked with not only building their raft but also scavenging the equipment needed to build them from around the huge lake which spanned 130 acres! The teams were given navigation equipment to find the location of the ‘kit stashes’ and then needed good team-work skills to bring back the bulky kit. A deadline for kit finding and raft building added to the suspense as it looked increasingly like some teams would get wetter than others. The rafts then had to race each other in a series of heats.
Ceva Communications Manager (UK), Ginette Bryant, said: “We have a few members of staff that are a bit battered and bruised, but it was great fun and all in a wonderful cause – our JustGiving page is still receiving donations which is wonderful, visit us at: www.justgiving.com/cevalabuteam “
R.A.B.I was proud to support the Ceva Animal Welfare Awards in April 2015, which recognises volunteers, charity workers and veterinary professionals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to supporting and improving animal welfare around the world.
R.A.B.I Corporate Development Manager, Suzy Deeley said: “R.A.B.I relies on the fundraising and goodwill of our business and other supporters and we are very grateful to the team for tackling the challenge on behalf of R.A.B.I. Having witnessed the challenge from the safety of the shoreline, I can definitely vouch for Ceva’s fundraising spirit!”
All sorts of businesses and organisations choose to raise awareness and funds for R.A.B.I and it can be a good team-building exercise.