SPO spearheads meaningful community partnerships and corporate volunteering events for employees to learn, volunteer and to raise awareness of the work of non-profits and charities. Employees are entitled to two days of volunteering work leave which they can use for volunteering activities they do outside of work.
In 2020 we were unable to organise employee volunteering events for our shore-based employees due to strict government regulations and lockdowns resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite many charitable events being cancelled some of our seafarers found a way to raise money for their charities of choice by running around their hotel rooms while serving a quarantine period.
At the end of May 2020, Master, Equatorial Guinea, Stephen Tindale, 2/O, James Pine and C/O, Thomas Weir left their homes and headed to Equatorial Guinea. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, they had to be quarantined in a hotel for 18 days before they could go on board their respective assignments. Our energetic and warm-hearted seafarers decided to challenge their physical limits to conquer 66.6 miles in their hotel rooms over 10 days to raise funds for three charities, Sailors' Society, Sailor's Children's Society and Become.
Captain Steve Tindale said: "We were due to do a charity bike ride which was unfortunately cancelled because of the pandemic. We still wanted to do something, so we came up with the idea of the run. Certainly a bit more difficult when you are confined to a hotel bedroom!
Being seafarers we wanted to support Sailors' Society and all they do to help crews through their wellness and mental health work. SPO has made Sailors' Society's Wellness at Sea programme available to us all and we've found it really helpful."
The trio created 'running tracks' by pushing furniture to the edges of their rooms and ran an incredible 5,600 laps each to complete their challenge.
L - R: Tommy Weir, C/O, Steve Tindale, Master and James Pine, 2/O, SPO