Our driving and banter help raise money for school

ITI’s “brilliant driving and comedy banter” in support of an arduous charity challenge helps fundraising efforts to build a primary school in Vietnam.

Tuesday 18 July 2017

You probably associate ITI Network Services with excellence in telecommunications. We certainly hope you do: we’ve worked hard as a long-established business to build a reputation based on our expertise and quality of service.

But we’ve also been praised for keeping morale high through banter – and brilliant driving – during a recent arduous but rewarding charity challenge.

We were proud to support a team from Telefonica O2 last weekend, who took on the “World Famous 3 Peaks Challenge” in order to raise money for the Costa Foundation. This involved trekking up and down Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, and Mount Snowdon – all within 24 hours.

O2’s Shannon Meakins told us, “The Costa Foundation does an awesome task of raising money for the coffee growing communities around the world.
“These communities are often in some of the world’s poorest and undeveloped countries. It is common in these areas that children have little access to education. This is why the Costa Foundation has decided to help build a primary school in the Cu Cuin district of Vietnam.”

So ITI stepped up to support Shannon and her colleagues. Our engineers David Houlden and Mark Glasby drove the O2 team for the challenge, providing smooth transport and morale-boosting conversation as the intrepid trekkers tacked first Ben Nevis, then Scafell, and finished on Mount Snowden.

Shannon added, “We definitely couldn’t have got through the challenge without amazing support from colleagues, friends, family and especially the logistical support by Costa foundation and ITI who sponsored our team.  ITI Network Services provided the brilliant drivers Mark and Dave, who not only spent hours driving us from Peak to Peak but provided the comedy banter to keep morale high and for that we were all truly appreciative.”

“Many laughs, tears and adventures were had by all, mainly tears but a lot of memories.  Everyone dug deep to come together as a team and help each other to get through the challenge to coll”ect their medals at the end.  

“While the trekking was truly tough at points, how the team managed to get through having ‘Despacito’ played on loop for 4 hours was truly awe inspiring for all to see.
“All this was to raise money to build a primary school in the Cu Cuin district of Vietnam. Collectively with Costa so far over £78,000 has been raised, almost hitting the £100,000 target, with our team contributing £2,205 (with the O2 Charity match)

“Please donate if you can by Texting "PEAKS" to 70910 which will donate £10 plus a standard network charge up to maximum 3 texts or £30 a day. Campaign Ends - 31st July.”

Dave Newton, ITI Network Services’ commercial director, added “Although we didn’t take part in the walk itself Dave and Mark kept the morale high and provided some much needed humour to the group. It’s been great to support Telefonica and the Costa Foundation for this worthy cause. We may even be looking to enter a team in The 3 Peaks Challenge next year.”
It’s not too late to contribute if you want to support the fundraising to build a primary school in the Cu Cuin district of Vietnam. Visit https://www.sponsorme.co.uk/costafoundation/followtherabbit.aspx
The campaign ends on 31st July 2017.


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