Race for Rio
Higgs & Sons kick-started the first part of their Million Makers project with Race to Rio, an epic cycling battle between partners and non-partners to Rio de Janeiro (the battle actually took place on stationary bikes inside Higgs' Atrium with the more realistic target of reaching Rio Ferdinand's house.) This tied in with Higgs' World Cup/football theme for Million Makers, an initiative of The Prince's Trust, with a 5-a-side charity tournament and an Aston Villa Old Stars game still to come.
Race to Rio was a fundraising success, raising £1,022.59 in total (£891.34 without Gift Aid). Participants and non-participants alike generously donated, helping the Higgs trainees on their way to their target of raising £10,000.00 for the Prince's Trust. As Race to Rio is the smallest of the three events, they are confident of achieving this goal.
The competition went right down to the wire with David Phillips and Damian Kelly battling it out in front of a packed Atrium. As others sipped on wine and the various other free drinks, David and Damian sweated it out until the death. Unfortunately, the partners narrowly pipped the non-partners, finishing with a slightly superior distance. The only trainee that happened to be smiling about this was Joe Cowles as he had filled in for a partner earlier in the day. Everybody was applauded though, in recognition of the physical effort that had been exerted over the course of the day.
A Higgs success
Race to Rio was not only successful in terms of money raised for The Prince's Trust, but it also brought all of Higgs & Sons together (fortunately the fierce competition between the partners and non-partners did not spill over after getting off the bikes). Indeed there was talk of a similar event being held in the future.
After a long day, the trainees rightly reflected on an excellent event and were proud of themselves for all the work that had gone into making Race to Rio such a tremendous success. They will look to repeat their success at the charity football tournament on Thursday 26th June.
Blog post written by Ben James