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Cisco Australia “Steps Up” for Childhood Cancer by Climbing South Australia’s Tallest Building

October 25, 2011 - 13 Comments

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.

Cisco's Ben Forrest Bib 1, Ed Cronin Bib 2, Geoff Cronin Bib 3, Cathy Bower Bib 4

Cisco TelePresence shows footage of competitors to supporters

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  1. Wow, what an amazing achievement. Looks like a lot of fun too and all for a great cause (:

  2. Great project.. keep going

  3. Hi this is nice information Cisco Australia “Steps Up” for Childhood Cancer by Climbing South Australia’s Tallest Building.

  4. The world is indispensable the people like you.Thank!

  5. Awesome! This is a great effort and a good gesture to show everyone that Cisco is also doing something to help for this kind of cause. I admire them for organizing this event.

  6. I have read 3 times thanks to forward-date a friend of mine has been the subject.

  7. That will be tough onthe legs, 30 floors is a long way. I did 10 floors last year and that finished me. It is for a great cause……well done.

  8. Nothing like a little friendly rivalry at work! Sure beats sitting couped up in a cubical all day! It is good to see Cisco doing good things like this, more companies should follow.

  9. thats great project. keep it up

  10. Great action ! I also appreciate the dynamic such an event creates within the company usualy.

    And well done for the amount raised for the Association. Great way to go. Nice gesture.

  11. my life is nothing without network

  12. Great thing for cisco to do. Not many huge companies like this do any charity work anymore. Hats off to cisco.

  13. Amazing action! Congratulations!