AO.com staff take part in Apprentice-style challenge
IT was a move which might have prompted Apprentice star Lord Alan Sugar to utter those immortal words: “You’re fired!”
But AO.com staff knew just what they were doing in their own Apprentice-style challenge — when they ripped up the rule book and joined forces to work together.
The Horwich workers were aiming to pit their wits against each other at Bolton Lads and Girls Club’s Crown Street charity shop as they bid to raise money for an Atlantic rowing challenge.
But five participants in each team approached organiser Laura Daggers early in the day to tell her they thought they could raise more money by joining together.
Laura whose official role at AO.com is creator of happiness, said: “We had a red team and a blue team, and by the time we had finished, we just had one purple team.
“They thought they would annoy fewer members of the public and stand a chance of raising more money if they united. How could I not agree?”
Their challenge included dressing up the shop window, designing posters and driving cake sales.
Participating AO.com workers were Nick Clackett, Fareed Athman, Stacy Wynn, Luke Evans, Laura Brown, Pascal Heng, Ian Harbinson, Beata Sawka, John Ford and Larisha McGurty.
The rowing challenge from Tenerife to Antigua — starting on December 2 — is being undertaken by AO.com’s customer experience chief Finn Christo who will battle 3,000 miles of open ocean with waves up to 50ft high in a journey likely to take at least 45 days.
It is a journey which is part of the BLGC junior mentoring project and the target figure for fundraisers is £250,000, with more than half of that figure already in the bag.
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