Santos employees looking relaxed before the start of the Santos Great Bike Ride.
Boys from Clontarf’s South East Academy before their Norseman to Esperance ride.
Employees in the Perth office have lately spent serious time in the saddle for good causes, with 40 riders joining 3,500 others in the Santos Great Bike Ride and others helping the Clontarf Foundation raise $10,000 in a fundraising ride from Norseman to Esperance.
Santos Great Bike Ride
More than 3,500 cyclists took part in this year’s Santos Great Bike Ride, held for its eighth year around Perth’s scenic Swan River, raising money for local charities.
The event is open to cyclists of all ages and abilities offering three different distances – 10, 53 or 106 kilometres – starting and finishing at Langley Park. This year, Santos was represented by 40 employees and their families who enjoyed the warm conditions and clear skies.
Despite strong afternoon winds, Offshore Operations Superintendent Dave Crane clocked the 13th fastest time on the 53-kilometre route, arriving back at Langley Park after 1 hour, 24 minutes and 43 seconds, just two minutes after the winner.
WA & NT Vice President John Anderson posted a comfortable time of 2 hours and 3 minutes for his lap of the river, while WA & NT Finance Manager Sean Walls was the quickest team member for the two laps, posting a very respectable 3 hours, 20 minutes and 1 second.
The Santos Great Bike Ride is another way in which Santos is promoting a healthy lifestyle and giving back to the community. The ride aims to raise awareness and vital funds for three very important causes – the St John of God Hospital’s Horizon House project, Hope for Children, and the Heart Foundation.
Santos’ support complements its association with the Santos Tour Down Under, a UCI World Tour event and Australia’s premier cycling race, which kicks off in less than seven weeks.
Clontarf Foundation’s Norseman to Esperance bike ride
Santos’ community partner the Clontarf Foundation raised more than $10,000 recently on its Norseman to Esperance bike ride, assisted by a support crew from Santos’ Perth office.
The Clontarf Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that raises money for local WA communities, in particular improving the education, self esteem, life skills and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men.
The Santos staff accompanied nine boys from Clontarf’s South East Academy along the ride, during which temperatures soared to 39 degrees for parts of the route through the gold fields to the south coast – but this didn’t faze competitors or staff.
Santos employees Seow Kim Wah, Dave Crane and Barry Myers rode alongside the boys, while Michael Hackett patiently drove the support vehicle at 20 kilometres an hour for the entire 200-kilometre journey.
Santos would like to thank the Perth office for their hard efforts throughout the ride and their contribution of $1,150 towards the boys' fund raising efforts. The Clontarf bike ride is one of the many activities that makes up Santos’ community support program in WA, including the Santos Great Bike Ride, Kings Park Festival and Shakespeare WA.
Community relations, Employee achievements, Western Australia