Staff from the Kong Company took to the water in July to help raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution when they decided to enter a local charity raft race… dressed as animals.
Staff from the Kong company took to the water in July to help raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution when they decided to enter a local charity raft race… dressed as animals.
The race takes place every year in West Bay, a small town on the Dorset coast, not far from Kong‘s UK and European Distribution headquarters so, this year, the company decided to enter a team – just eight weeks before the race.
With razor like precision tasks were allocated and completed – no mean feat as the Kongateers (Joe Nowell, Sam Cox, Barry Stuck and Gill Allen) had absolutely no experience of building, or even rowing, a raft… but mission impossible became mission accomplished!
Susanne Groves, who handles advertising and marketing for Kong Company, told vetsonline: “The raft was amazing and the costumes were brilliant!
“The day of the race dawned and by 2pm we were wondering whether it would go ahead as rain was forecast and the sky was black….then the sun appeared and the evening was perfect, though a little warm for the Kongateer rowers, 3 dogs (Joe, Sam and Barry) and Gill the cat.”
The race saw teams hurling water bombs and buckets of water, mini skirmishes and a couple of sinkings, but the Kongateers managed to cross the finish line – not first and not last – but they did win the “most entertaining” category.
In total, the race and the day’s other activities saw £3,500 raised for the RNLI.
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