Team building project leads to bicycles for charity

Many companies look to give back to the communities they work in, even when they are away from home.  

For this reason Red Sail Sports recently introduced another element into the team building activities they present for companies. The activity involves building up childrens’ bikes in a race for first place to promote teamwork. The unique and community-minded touch at the end of the event is that bicycles are then donated to local charities, allowing the participants to give back to the community. 

At a recent team building event for the top US performers of Hudson North America, held at the Westin Casuarina, the team built bicycles that were donated to Miss Nadine’s Preschool after the competition. 

The competition was fierce, and with tools being ‘borrowed’ by other teams, as well as numerous appeals as to the road worthiness of other teams’ building efforts, it was a closely contested affair. 

Alta Bodden-Solomon of the National Council of Volunteer Organisations was delighted by the donation. 

“The NCVO runs several projects, and Miss Nadine’s Pre School is one of those projects. We have a nursery as well, Jack & Jill. We care for between 15 and 16, 3 month to under 2s and the preschool is from 2-years-old until 4-plus when they are ready to go to primary school. As a nonprofit this is very exciting for us. It is very good for the kids’ gross motor skills and to promote health, so when Wendy [Pala] called us we said “Oh, this is just so great”. We have a little cement pad outside where the kids can go and ride the bikes. We are very grateful that they thought of the NCVO for this donation,” she said. 

A number of the children were present at the handover and proceeded to tear around the conference facility on the new bikes, while the anxious amateur bike builders from Hudson looked on, hoping that they had fitted all the components correctly. 

Anyone interested in contributing to the NCVO can call 949-2124, e-mail [email protected], or visit for more information. 

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Eleanor Arnold of Hudson helps one of the young cyclists along. – Photo: Eugene Bonthuys

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