More than 90 employees of Virgin Atlantic are headed to the Caribbean to race and raise funds.
Sunsail is offering up a “fleet” of yachts for use by Virgin Atlantic airline employees in a charity sailing event in the British Virgin Islands.
From 5-12 November 2016, more than 90 Virgin Atlantic employees will be taking part in the Virgin Atlantic Sailing Challenge to raise money and awareness for a selection of charities and projects.
Starting from Sunsail’s headquarters in Road Town on Tortola, the teams will be racing between a number of islands in the archipelago. Along the way, Necker Island — Sir Richard Branson’s private pad on the BVI’s eastern end — will serve as the backdrop for some for the charity sailing challenge events.
Branson, who founded Virgin Group, said the event was a great idea and he hoped to take part.
According to Virgin Atlantic, the sailing challenge is part of their “Change is in the Air” corporate sustainability strategy. The strategy allows employees to undertake far-flung, self-funded events to raise money for the environment, and the company’s community investment programme.
A Virgin Atlantic planning engineer, Rajan Mistry came up with the idea, and the company said many of those participating will have never stepped foot on a yacht in their lives.
Captain Chris Hall, a pilot with Virgin Atlantic since the airline’s creation who has been deeply involved in planning the company’s annual charity challenges, said: “More than 1500 of us have cycled, climbed, run and trekked all around the world … We can’t wait to open up the sails and we hope to raise thousands of pounds for our charity partner Free The Children.”
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