Cisco Australia has a proud tradition of giving back to the community which was shown with great enthusiasm earlier this month, as Cisco sponsored the Westpac Stair Climb in Australia for the second year running. The Westpac Stair Climb raises awareness and funds for the Childhood Cancer Association in Adelaide, South Australia.
The race involves competitors racing up all 30 stories of Adelaide’s tallest building which will see them tackle over 600 individual steps and travel about 135 metres straight up. Cisco donated a raft of technology to the event ensuring all aspects of the race ran smoothly, as well as providing a visual feed of competitors throughout the race. The very innovative use of Cisco gear included:
- Cisco Video Security Operations Manager and IP Cameras for monitoring competitors as they raced through the stairwells
- Cisco TelePresence to display real-time, life-like footage of the competitors to their supporters
- Cisco WebEx Event Centre for online video streaming of the race
- Cisco Video IP Telephony for communications between the start and finish lines
Cisco’s donation of the equipment made the race all the more exciting, providing a feature for the friends and workmates of participants as they were able to log on to the on-line stream and watch as they battled up the 135 metre building. This year four Cisco employees took part in the race with Ben Forrest, Ed Cronin, Cathy Bower and Geoff Cronin all completing the grueling competition with an average time of around five minutes.
The event was a roaring success with over AUD$50,000 dollars being raised for the Childhood Cancer Association, a very impressive achievement. A big thank you to Chris Hartley, Daniel Floreani, Andrew Bower, Bruce Munro and Ben Forrest all from Cisco’s Adelaide office who were instrumental in making this happen. Well done!
See the photos of the four Cisco competitors ready for the race (Ben Forrest Bib 1, Ed Cronin Bib 2, Geoff Cronin Bib 3, Cathy Bower Bib 4) as well as some shots of Cisco technology in use at the event.