Behind the scenes

Chasing the Moon for Big Issue Vendors

CloudSense UK takes on the Chase The Moon fun run in the midst of a heavy storm to raise over £1,000 vital funds for Big Issue Vendors.

As a business that operates offices in a number of large cities across the world, CloudSense recognises that homelessness can be a major issue in these places, and is committed to giving something back.

That is why we were proud to make a 3-year pledge to be involved with The Big Issue Foundation, helping us live up to our company principles of trust, innovation, empathy, accountability and confidence.

A Stormy Start…

This year, we enlisted eager participants from our London team to take part in the 5k and 10k Chase The Moon run at Olympic Park, to raise vital funds for The Big Issue Foundation, which ended up taking place in the midst of a heavy storm on the evening of 16 February (Storm Eunice was just a couple of days offshore).

Many of our runners had started the year couch-bound after a season of over-indulgence, but dragged themselves onto the treadmill, built up stamina in the weeks leading up to the event and were ready to take on the challenge, hitting the pavement not far from the very stadium where Usain Bolt won gold at the 2021 Olympics.

Despite colleagues cheering us on, we sometimes worried the wind and cold would dampen the mood. Nevertheless, the weather conditions and the support from the marshals created an exhilarating and adventurous feeling that motivated us to reach the finish line as quickly as possible. Being in a larger group of friendly participants emphasized the importance of collectivity especially when it comes to doing something for a great cause.

It’s safe to say that no preparation can get you ready for the adrenaline rush experienced from running in the Olympic Park. As we aren’t professional athletes, we were faced with many realizations during our experience: for example, one runner didn’t realise that they were only halfway done when they passed the start point – we still had a lap to go, and a couple of us forgot to attach the timer tag to our shoes, meaning we didn’t get an official time!

An incredible effort!

Nevertheless, being able to do something out of the ordinary and meet others who feel as strongly about this great cause made the experience worth it, and the support from our colleagues, friends and loved ones helped us reach our fundraising goal of £1,000, which can fund 30 vendors to make cashless transactions, increasing sales by 30%. Funds will support obtaining IDs necessary to open a bank account, a card reader, smartphone and access to digital training to make cashless transactions.

CloudSense advocates for what makes The Big Issue Foundation stand out from other charities: giving people the tools to help themselves.

Thank you to everyone who ran, and thank you in particular to The Big Issue Foundation!

With thanks

CloudSense’s fundraiser is still open for donations. You can support their fundraising here.

Thank you to everyone at CloudSense for choosing to stand side by side with The Big Issue Foundation and for believing in Big Issue vendors and our ethos, a hand up, not a hand out!

Every copy counts this Winter

Your local vendor is at the sharp end of the cost-of-living crisis this Winter. Prices of energy and food are rising rapidly. As is the cost of rent. All at their highest rate in 40 years. Vendors are amongst the most vulnerable people affected. Support our vendors to earn as much as they can and give them a fighting chance this Winter.

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