Davidson, N.C., August 31, 2010 – The Ingersoll Rand Foundation presented a $60,000 donation to the Ada Jenkins Center as a result of 83 Ingersoll Rand employees completing the Stumpy Creek triathlon in early August. Employees paced themselves as they embarked on the triathlon knowing that if they finished it would yield a donation to the Ada Jenkins Center which provides health, social and economic services for low income populations.
For every individual or relay team that finished the triathlon, the Ingersoll Rand Foundation donated $1,000. The final donation tally of $60,000 was offered to the Ada Jenkins Center at a reception where Ingersoll Rand employees got to see firsthand the impact of their efforts. During the reception, employees toured the Ada Jenkins Center and learned more about the organization.
“Our staff was on hand at the triathlon waving signs and cheering on the Ingersoll Rand athletes,” said Georgia Krueger, executive director of the Ada Jenkins Center. “It was heartwarming to see the employees cross the finish line. Ingersoll Rand is a great corporate citizen and community partner. We are so grateful for this donation and will use it to support our overall operations.”
The corporate triathlon, organized by Cool Breeze Cyclery in Mooresville, N.C., had teams from Ingersoll Rand, Lowe’s and Rubbermaid competing against one another. Preparing for and competing in the triathlon was part of Ingersoll Rand’s Health Progress initiative which focuses on modifiable health risks and management of health conditions. Ingersoll Rand offered training and nutrition experts to all employees who participated in the triathlon.
“It was a tremendous undertaking on the part of all employees involved and their families,” commented Ray Pittard, vice president of Ingersoll Rand’s climate solutions sector. “The training resulted in significant long-term health benefits for many of our employees – from improvements in resting heart rates to healthier management of diabetes. We’re proud of our participation in the triathlon and the Foundation’s donation to help make a difference at the Ada Jenkins Center.”
It was the first time many employees participated in a triathlon. They participated to get themselves in shape, take their health seriously and raise money for a local charity.
Ingersoll Rand hopes to build on this year’s triathlon participation and compete with even more employees next year.