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Email Connection, part of the Bidvest Group, contributes to breaking the Guinness Book of Records.

Bidvest Unity Walk - Sunday, August 15 2010

The Bidvest Unity Walk, held at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium for employees and their families, was a great success.

The Event

There were over 15 000 Bidvest employees and their families who walked the 10 kilometre route through Illovo.

Bidvest applied to the Guinness World Records to adjudicate in respect of a corporate charity walk. The previous Guinness World Record for a charity walk stood at 1 903 people.

Although there has been an attempt made in Ireland the previous week to break this record they did not manage to do so.

With the participation of Email Connection together with all the other companies within the group the record was broken and now stands at 4 458 people.

The Charity

An amount of R81 000 was donated by Brian Joffe to Hospice Witwatersrand on behalf of those employees that completed the walk.

The Prizes

There were seventeen employees wo walked away with R5 000 each and one very lucky employee drove off in a brand new Ford Figa.

Some comments from guinness
World Record judge, matt Boulton

"The key to a successful Guinness World Record attempt is preparation. If you're trying for an individual record, that means practice, practice, practice. If you're going for a mass participation record, that means organisation, and fortunately, this attempt was one of the best-organised events I've ever attended."

"After Johnny Clegg performed his encore to a rapturous ovation, I went on stage to announce the record and the cheers rose again. It was official - the Bidvest employees were Guinness World Record holders for the Largest Charity Walk and, if there was a record for the best-organised event, I'd probably have given them that, too."