Contego Pledge: On Yer Bike, Rob!
Not all Contego Heroes wear capes… some of them wear cycling shorts! Our very own Head of Sales – Rob Curston, took on a grueling 100-mile bike ride as part of the London-Essex Ride 100, raising money for a great cause in the process.
CALM: Campaign Against Living Miserably
Despite being fit as a fiddle, Rob hasn’t been doing this just for the fun of it. The whole endeavor has been to raise money and awareness for CALM: Campaign Against Living Miserably. Here’s a bit from them in their own words:
“We’re the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) and we’re taking a stand against suicide. That means standing against feeling hopeless, standing up to stereotypes and standing together to show life is always worth living. Every week 125 people in the UK take their own lives. CALM exists to change this – by offering life-saving services, provoking national conversation, and bringing people together to reject living miserably.”
Rob let us know a bit about why he decided to take on such a challenge for CALM:
“I have completed numerous rides over the years and raised about 5k for Alzheimer’s society as my mum struggled with that for many years. I saw CALM at PestEx and thought they were a great charity doing great things. If I can help to reduce the risk of one person committing suicide, as they have called CALM instead, then it’s a worthy thing to do. Each £8 raised approx pays for a phone call to be answered to someone in need. That’s a very small price for someone’s life. The ride was of course not easy but I had good friends with me pulling me along….plus the thought of a beer after helped too…”
A worthy cause if ever we heard one.
Our Contego Pledge means that in any charitable endeavors our Contego heroes take part in, their efforts will be matched by us. Now, as most of us aren’t quite fit enough to ride 100 miles, we will be matching any donations made on Rob’s just giving page. The amount currently stands at £230 but we’re sure with your support we can get that amount even higher, so get donating everybody!
Well done Rob! A true Contego Hero!