Today was awesome! No really…it was. We did the Walk MS – RTP style!
In past years, our crew has supported Walk MS financially, but this year, we chose to take it further. As you may be aware, Jeanne Berry, our Principal has Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Our staff loves Jeanne and wants to help the MS Society in finding new treatments and of course, a cure. Kat, our Business Development Director, has walked in previous years (she’s so active!) and encouraged us all to walk this year. It was a no brainer of course. We branded ourselves the “RealTime Trailblazers” and launched into fundraising.
For the past couple of months, we’ve been putting out requests for support, both individually, and collectively, to make as big an impact as we could. Jeanne egged us all on by promising to match whatever we raise, up to $5,000. We campaigned for money, if only to make her pay up that match!
Our team was comprised of staff members (both employees and contractors) as well as friends and family. I was delighted to have my sister, Ginny make the walk with me. She was overwhelmed by how kind my team members were. “Are they always friendly like this?” she whispered. “Yes”, I laughed, “this is who they are, it’s not some kind of show.” And it’s true, the RTP team is indeed comprised of people who like one another, and can be counted on for support, regardless of the focus. Other companies give lip service to “being a family” but our crew truly is!
We raised $14,000 total (including Jeanne’s match) and are proud of having every employee participate this year! It was exciting to be a part of this walk. We’re looking forward to next year, and invite all our clients and associated vendors to participate.