The UK’s market leading distributor of pipeline and heating solutions, BSS Industrial, has raised £100,000 for the mental health charity, Mind, this September with the launch of its first ever Car-aoke Rally.
Led by BSS’ managing director Kieran Griffin, the charity event saw BSS colleagues, suppliers and customers rev into action and travel across Europe and back for five days of fundraising fun in a bid to win the inaugural BSS Car-aoke Challenge trophy.
The 60 volunteers, in 22 cars, started their engines at BSS’ head office in Leicester last week, heading first to Dover and then through France, Switzerland and Italy before arriving back in England five days later.
While travelling across Europe in just five days is a mean feat in itself, as an additional challenge, all those taking part had to use a car worth £1,500 or less, with cars being custom designed with a karaoke or musical theme. As well as sticking to the route at all times throughout the journey, each team had to complete a variety of challenges, with penalty points given to those who didn’t complete them.
Kieran said: “We run a diverse programme of fundraising initiatives for the MIND across our nationwide branches that involve both our employees and customers.
“The BSS Car-aoke Challenge takes this to the next level. We’ve been inundated with support from staff, suppliers and customers who have been really keen to get involved and help raise money for such a worthy cause. It’s fantastic that we reached our £100,000 target and we can hopefully surpass this further.
“Mental health needs to be taken seriously and we are dedicated to working with Mind to help raise its profile and subsequently its ability to provide support for those individuals who need it.”
The event was also supported and sponsored by leading manufacturers that supply BSS, such as Polypipe, Pegler Yorkshire, Geberit and Wilo.
If anyone would like to support BSS in raising funds for Mind charity, text BSSR99 £5 to 70070 to donate.