In July last year, two groups of Wood graduates from across the UK came together to take part in a six-month entrepreneurial challenge to raise money for the Prince’s Trust.
The Million Makers Challenge was a dragons’ den style fundraiser which saw teams of employees compete to turn up to £1,500 of seed funding into £10,000 or more for the charity.
Team Wood’s graduates from Aberdeen and Glasgow to Reading, Staines and Darlington came together to form two teams and recruited a community of colleagues, family and friends to participate in events and dig deep to raise a combined total of £30,504.65!
The Prince’s Trust aims to give every vulnerable young person the chance to embrace exciting career opportunities with the tools, support and confidence to support them on their journey to a career.
“An incredible effort has gone into the Million Makers Challenge, uniting Wood with the shared goal of making life better for young people” said Simon Harris, Vice President of Projects UK at Wood, and one of the sponsors of the challenge. He continued: “The money raised will help realise the aspirations of young people, opening the door to their chosen profession through a 4-week skills course with job prospects at the end. It will also provide those who wish to create their own business with advice on the next steps. Thanks to our teams of graduates who spearheaded this challenge to support this educational programme which helps vulnerable young people to achieve their career ambitions.”
Our two inspirational teams, Team Eleos and Team Energise, share how the Million Makers Challenge demonstrated the power of teamwork for remarkable results:
Marine consultant graduate and Team Eleos’ marketing and communications lead, Claire McCormack, said:
“Over the past six months we have connected with teammates across the business from Canada to Australia to ensure our fundraising initiatives, and the importance of the Princes’ Trust, reached our global colleagues. We are extremely proud of our achievements.
“The Million Makers campaign has been an amazing experience for our team. Although we have never met in person, we quickly became close and supported each other to reach our goals. Our team all came from different parts of the business and across the UK, so the challenge has also been a great networking opportunity.
“We even had the chance to speak to each business unit lead about our initiatives and have developed a good relationship with each of them. We feel extremely lucky to have been given this opportunity to raise money for such an important cause and we raised more than £25,000. As part of the challenge I presented to senior management and in front of hundreds of colleagues during a town hall, and enjoy it! I would recommend the experience to anyone who might be interested in taking part in 2022.”
Team Eleos highlights:
Global HEART Card Relaunch
“We have pledged to raise awareness of Wood’s HEART (Harm Elimination and Recognition Tracker) card initiative and aimed to increase the number of Heart Cards submitted during the fundraising period. We relaunched Wood’s global HEART card initiative. With offices and sites opening back up and it is important we remain committed to a safe working environment. We negotiated with each business unit lead who donated to the Princes’ Trust when we reached our agreed targets.
The Eleos Games
“We inspired 162 participants to compete against each other to win points for doing the most exercise. A total of 4035 hours of exercise was recorded throughout the challenge.
“We arranged a 24-day challenge of weekly exercises to reach the goal of burning off 5000 calories, the average number of calories consumed on Christmas day.
We received sponsorships and donations for the Games and Christmas challenge.”
Claire continued: “A big thank you to everyone who supported us over the past six months - we really appreciate your enthusiasm for our events and generous donations that helped us smash our targets!”
Process Engineer and Team Energise’s Marketing and Communications Lead, Zahraa Quraishi said:
“We have been dedicated to running initiatives to allow every Wood employee across the globe to get involved, spread the word on the wonderful work of the Prince’s Trust and foster a healthy competitive spirit.
“Our team came from all over the UK and we are extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to raise more than £5000 for this great cause, while gaining new skills. I feel much more confident now having pushed myself outside of my comfort zone to reach out for donations and present our work in front of a large audience.”
Team Energise highlights:
The Energy Transition Championship
“The Energy Transition Championship challenged participants to exercise and convert calories burned to energy in kilowatts.
“We had 39 active participants, nine of which surpassed the ultimate 10 kWh – enough energy to power a house. One participant has even managed to generate 34 kWh.
“Collectively we generated 229 kWh which is enough to travel 804 miles in an electric car. That’s 70 miles shy of travelling through the two extremities of the UK (Northeast to Southwest).
“We will also be awarded prizes to those that generated the most kilowatts and those that managed to collect the most on the fundraising side.
“We also ran two raffles with 15 prizes including a £250 cash prize, two Ricoh 360 cameras, various vouchers andgift cards, a limited-edition Lego set, a 4th Generation Echo dot, chocolates, and gift hampers.”
Zahraa continued: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their continuous support throughout the challenge and I’m looking forward to seeing how the funds we raised go towards helping young people reach their career goals.”
Million Maker’s Awards Ceremony:
The Million Makers campaign culminated in a prestigious ceremony held in London, where all the teams could celebrate together and share in their success.
Team Eleos were presented the award of ‘Dream Team’ by host Rylan Clark. Cameron Miller received an award for ‘Outstanding Individual’.
Team Energise was nominated for the ‘Resilience’ award and Team Wood was nominated for ‘New Kid on the Block’ award.
The combined total of money raised by the Million Makers team’s surpassed the million-pound mark, reaching £1.75 million for the Prince’s Trust.