Determination, persistence and enthusiasm are the three words that spring to mind when it comes to fundraising for charity and these are definitely the right words for WNT, the specialist supplier of cutting tools and equipment for the engineering manufacturing sector pulled out all the stops to co-ordinate its staff and customers in a series of endurance and fun events to raise more than £10,000 for Cancer Research UK.
In recent times these efforts have seen employees endure a gruelling coast-to-cost cycle ride, a mass participation cycling event in the company’s home country of Germany, customers have been involved in motorcycle track days, attended motorcycle races, caught hundreds of fish and hit 1000s of golf shots. “The events we organise as part of the WNT group are a mixture of staff and customer events, some are feats of endurance and others are just fun days out where customers are always sympathetic to the charities that we support. Cancer Research has a special significance to the team here at WNT (UK), which is obvious by the enthusiasm and effort that goes into the participation by everyone employed at WNT. That is reflected in the participation levels and the stories that are inevitably told after the event. Behind it all, though, is the knowledge that we are all doing this for an extremely worthy cause,” says Tony Pennington, Managing Director, WNT (UK).
In raising money for Cancer Research there were many solo efforts, as well as team contributions at company events and at each customer day that WNT organised. At the customer days each participant was asked to make a small contribution to the fund-raising activities and everyone obliged. One of the biggest customer events of the WNT calendar is a motorcycle track day at Cadwell Park, where under the guidance of professional motorcycle racers, customers get to spend time pushing their own riding skills to the limit, on their own motorcycles around the Lincolnshire circuit. Smaller customer days involved angling, golfing and cycling, all popular activities with the WNT team, but ones that also strike a chord with many customers.
Once a year WNT employees from across Europe also get the opportunity to participate in the WNT Bike Challenge over a 110 km course that traverses the mountains between Germany and Austria. This involves some 4000 metres of climbing, so every penny that goes to charity is hard-earned. For this event in 2015 over 90 employees took part from 13 different countries, among these were members of Team WNT, an elite women’s cycle team, who helped to push the pace along. “The enormous number of participants reflects the importance of cycling at WNT,” explains Claude Sun, WNT’s Global Managing Director. “No other sport reflects our company values better than cycling. Fighting spirit, teamwork and sportsmanship play a very important role at WNT. Cycling reflects these values extremely well and brings them to life. In addition cycling offers the benefit of keeping people fit and healthy!”