Atlantic Ocean no barrier for these rowing champs


EMEA, 30 October 2014 

In a rush of competitive blood to the shoulder blades, more than 100 Macquarie staff participated in an inter-country rowing competition to raise money for charity recently - the first time two Macquarie offices have ever simultaneously come together for a fundraising challenge.  

In London, more than 90 staff took part - including an Oxford Blue and gold medal winning Cambridge rower - to raise money for youth mentoring charity Reach Out. Just as the challenge was slowing down in that city, staff in Houston clambered onto their rowing machines in aid of Honor Flight. But the competition was won by (not the Oxford Blue or Cambridge medallist!) London-based James Lumby, who rowed 1,000m in 2.59 minutes. Drew Allen took the top time in Houston, finishing 1,000m in 3.08 minutes.

The cross-region rowing event was just one example of the creativity displayed amongst EMEA employees during Macquarie’s Foundation Week initiative in October. An ice bucket challenge, fun run, spin session, bake sales, pub quizzes and a ‘keepy uppy’ ball competition all raised money that was matched ‘two-for-one’ by the Macquarie Group Foundation to support staff-nominated charities. Fundraising highlights included:

  • the determination of one keepy uppy player, Adam Frame from Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities, to ignore his ripped shirt and beat off all competition by keeping his ball in the air for 1 minute 41 seconds in aid of Reach Out
  • one staff member setting out to run 5 kilometres in a Corporate Operations-led fundraising run but being so moved by the charity the event was supporting (Honeypot, which helps vulnerable children and young carers aged 5-12 years) that she took on the 10-kilometre route, the first time in her life she had run such a distance 
  • two Risk Management staff who were so inspired by the work of their fundraising colleagues that they gave up alcohol for a month and raised £660 for Princess Alice Hospice in the UK
  • the 100-plus Anzac biscuits on offer at the bake sale organised by business groups FICC and Corporate Operations in a nod to Macquarie’s Australian heritage and the 100-year anniversary of World War I.

Volunteering events organised during the week included Financial Management staff in London undertaking a deep clean of Hackney Night Shelters to prepare them for winter, Risk Management employees also in London participating in an environment day at a local school while Johannesburg staff opened up their office to local high school students for a careers day.

Food and clothing collections were also held in Cape Town, London, Johannesburg and Vienna, while the Frankfurt office hosted a lunch for staff with the CEO of partner charity Nandri, which works with orphans in Southern India.


Image caption: Macquarie’s Cape Town staff helped out FoodBank as part of their Foundation Week activities.