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Hilton Coylumbridge Makes It Around The World In A Day For Charity
June 17, 2009
COYLUMBRIDGE, UK - Members of the public, hotel staff, guests, dog walkers and the team at the Cairngorm Ski Club joined forces to cross continents without leaving Aviemore at a charity event yesterday.
They came together at Hilton Coylumbridge in an effort to collectively travel a total of 24,901.55 miles, the exact circumference of the earth, to raise money for Cairngorm Ski Club. Distance was covered by either walking a mile or using gym equipment over seven hours in a competitive team challenge. Thanks to their efforts and other Hilton hotels around the country a total of over 25,511 miles was covered making it just around the globe!
Over 20 people, a squirrel and a badger took part on the day in Aviemore and helped to cover 96 miles. The total amount raised is still being added together; with all proceeds going straight to the charity the money will go directly to a good cause.
Iain Miller, Hilton Coylumbridge General Manager was thrilled with the day's fund-raising:
"I was so impressed to see so many people taking the time and effort to help out and we had a lot of fun along the way. I think everyone will have tired legs this week but it was certainly worth it to help such a good local cause! Thank you so much to all the participants and to everyone who supported us."
Nationally it's estimated that over £60,000 has been raised with over 2,500 participants signed up for sponsored miles. Many more people also took advantage of the seasonal weather to attend events. Snooker world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan ran three miles towards the total in the East Midlands, while Hilton Birmingham Metropole covered the most miles over the day - 1,809 of them! Fetes, barbeques and plenty of games and activities were also held to fund-raise and entertain as part of the Hilton in the Community Foundation's biggest ever charity initiative.
About the Hilton in the Community Foundation
Hilton in the Community Foundation was founded in 2001 as Hilton Hotels' charity dedicated to supporting young people worldwide in the communities that Hilton Hotels serve. Focused on Education and Health, grants supporting disadvantaged young people are made in the UK and Ireland, while in the event of international disaster; grants are made to relief organisations at the Trustees' discretion.
The Foundation's core costs are funded by Hilton Hotels, so every net pound raised goes directly to good causes. Donations are funded almost entirely through the generous efforts and contributions of Hilton team members, family and friends and with the support of Hilton guests and company suppliers.
Log onto www.hilton-foundation.org.uk for further information.
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