London is the home of Stackla’s EMEA office. Between the culture, opportunity and Underground, it’s a wonderful place to live and work in. But it’s also one of the most expensive, which can making living tough for many people.
We at Stackla want to do our part to make a difference in our community. So on Friday, 2 June we took the entire EMEA team to spend the day volunteering with GoodGym. GoodGym combine running with good deeds and, to help celebrate National Volunteers’ Week, they teamed up with Team London for Run to Do Good 2017.
I started the day meeting our team of eager runners along City Hall by the Thames at 9.30am. We met up with around 150 other volunteers, checked in, collected our t-shirts, met our Goodgym Croydon Run Leader, Juliet, and were given our route and task for the morning.
— Sophie Begley (@sophiebegley) June 2, 2017
Volunteer Work in Action at Dress for Success
After a few dynamic warm ups, we quickly set off into the warm sunshine on the 4km run across Tower Bridge towards Brick Lane. We played ‘dodge the tourist’ along the way and soon we speedy Stacklamites found ourselves at Dress for Success.
Dress for Success is a charity which has been running worldwide for 20 years. It’s mission is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing work clothes and career support to those who need it. The London Dress for Success is quite a sight to see. It operates out of a small office and shop front filled with shelves stacked with donated clothes.
It was impressive how quickly they got us going. It can’t be easy to wrangle up a mass of excited volunteers but they quickly gave us a tour and put us to work.
Their kitchen area had been demolished as part of a renovation. We started the task of moving breeze blocks into the patio area. Once that was done, we sorted and boxed clothes. It was only 50 minutes but we managed to move more than 100 breezeblocks!
We headed back to City Hall but it wouldn’t have been a GoodGym session without some fitness work to finish up so we played Heads and Tails with our lovely trainer, Juliette. I can’t say, we’re fans of burpees and bear walks!
Overall, 15 tasks were completed, 176 good deeds done and 70 kilometres ran in just 90 minutes – the largest Run to Do Good ever! Thanks again to Goodgym for organising.
How You Can Help
Make no mistake about it, Stackla is proud of the contribution we made. But it pales in comparison to the work the Goodgym every day. They operate in 32 areas, support many community organisations and isolated older people with social visits and tasks they can’t do on their own.
If you live or work in London, we encourage you to take part in a GoodGym run in your local community. Not only might you find yourself clearing gardens, changing lightbulbs and doing odd-jobs for people in need, it’s a great way to get fit and a fun alternative to the gym. We can’t wait for the next one!