Computacenter employee races to North Pole for charity

Computacenter employee Rob MacAlister has started a race to the North Pole as part of the IT services firm’s commitment to fundraising and employee engagement through sabbaticals that offer a life changing experience.

Computacenter gave MacAlister six weeks off work to take part in the race to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support.

The North Pole challenge, which began on 27 March at Resolute Bay in Canada, involves pulling sleds of 75kg over 320 nautical miles of sea ice in temperatures of minus 40 degrees celsius.

Computacenter and MacAlister have also organised a series of fundraising events for the charity, including a charity auction and quiz night with prizes from organisations such as Lenovo, Samsung, Hamilton Rentals, HDS and Canon.

MacAlister said: “Computacenter has been really supportive of my training, as well as assisted me with the technology required to provide updates from the Arctic – something that is not easy to do!

“The last 18 months have involved some intense training including mountain marathons and four-hour daily walks into the office, but now I am physically ready and the only thing I have to worry about is tackling polar bears along the way.”

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