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The Network on Wheels – Raising Funds for Paralympic Athletes

“You mean you can Facetime us from your camp site”, my daughter said incredulously. “From the middle of nowhere?” she continued.  “You lot are mad!”  OK she was more annoyed that I was taking our WiFi-only iPad away with me as I took some time out of my day job in Cisco Data Center Services, to participate in 2 stages of the Deloitte Ride Across Britain. Prior to the ride, I blogged about this challenge here, discussing the scale of the event and our target to raise money for Paralympic athletes.   A nine day, 969 mile cycle over some of the most challenging terrain in Britain, the ‘Deloitte Ride Across Britain’ was an immense physical and mental challenge.  From Saturday 8th September until Sunday 16th September (just passed), over 700 riders took part in this epic journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats.  For the second year in a row, Cisco provided key technical support to the riders, so that they were able to focus fully on this enormous and exciting journey.

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How Do You Give Back?

Comment how you give back and 4 meals will be donated to the World Food Programme!

It’s almost November, which means we are getting into the season of giving. Have you thought about how you might give back this holiday season? Well, Cisco can give you a head start…

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Deloitte Ride Across Britain – Cisco and Others Raising Funds for Paralympic Athletes

If you’ve read my previous blogs on data center services, you may be surprised to know I sometimes have a life outside work!!  In a departure from my previous blogs discussing data center servicescloud adoption and IT architecture transformation, here is some news on a major Cisco UK and Ireland “Giving Back” initiative, where myself and over 60 colleagues are taking part in various stages of a 963 cycle “Ride Across Britain”.

You can read more here on our Corporate Social Responsibility blog.

For a quick summary, have a look at the scary route profile below and also some of the wonderful scenery we’ll cycle through as we raise funds for ParalympicsGB.

Route profile - The hills we'll face on Friday!

Route profile - The hills we'll face on Friday!

 

Loch Tulla, near Glencoe - some of the amazing scenery we'll cycle past

And when I get back, as well as posting some photos and new of the journey, I’ll tell you more about the latest in Cisco Data Center Services land!

 

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Deloitte Ride Across Britain – Cisco and Others Raising Funds for Paralympic Athletes

This Friday and Saturday, 14th and 15th September 2012, respectively, will be challenging days for me, and will count among two of the most physically demanding days of my life.  On Thursday evening I will join my Cisco colleagues taking part in the Deloitte Ride Across Britain (or RAB as we call it), to raise funds for the Paralympics GB team.  I’ll forsake my desk and comfortable chair, and over Friday and Saturday, I will cycle 238 miles (close to 400km!), including over 11,000 feet (over 3,300m) of climbing, from just outside Glasgow, in the west of Scotland, to Fort William, and then on to Kyle of Sutherland, which is around 40 miles north of Inverness.

On Thursday and Friday evening, I will join the camps – yes, tents in a field, no luxury hotels here!! – as you can see from my short video from last year’s RAB camp at one of the stages.

Wow, this will be quite a change for me!  Normally I’m part of the Cisco Data Center Services team – you may have seen my previous blogs on Cisco Data Center Services, including Cloud and Cisco Intelligent Automation.  Let me tell you a bit more about this major Cisco UK and Ireland “Giving Back” initiative, and the role that Cisco technology is playing as we traverse the country.

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It’s a New Year: Let Us Think, Help and Do

It’s a new year, the traditional time to resolve to lose weight (again), and to replace bad habits with good ones. But this year, I’m not going there. Did I overeat during the holidays? Yes. But forget my weight gain. What I want to focus on is why are so many of us overeating when so many others are going hungry. Why aren’t we using technology to fix this?

Dozens of businesses are sprouting up around food and technology—with a focus on capitalizing on our desire for fine dining. I won’t pretend that I’m a stranger to social media platforms that tip me off to the latest new restaurant opening, but what I’d love to see is some of this mindshare going toward helping to curb hunger. I’m not even talking about world hunger (yet) – I’m talking about in our own backyards. According to Feeding America, 48.8 million Americans lived in food insecure households during 2010. And according to a New York Times article a couple months ago, the number of kids signing up to receive subsidized lunches is increasing, due to the economy.

Enid Borden, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels Association in America recently wrote about this very topic. In her article, she quite eloquently asks, “How do we harness the power of imagination and creativity and put them to work in the human services domain? How do we prevent the foolishness of hunger in a food-rich land?”

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