Rafe Aldridge, Codegates Technical Director and Board Member, joined around 75 other cyclists to raise money for the childrens charity o2e by cycling from central London to Bruges, Belgium.
In order to allow family, friends and sponsors to track Aldridges progress via a dedicated website, he carried Motorolas MC35 mobile computer in his saddle bag.
We left The Cenotaph in Central London at 09.00 last Thursday and arrived in Bruges on Friday at 18.00. 200 miles in two days was pretty hard, but I have always supported o2es ethos of encouraging people like me, to get way outside of their comfort zones, and take part in a sporting event to raise money that will make a real difference to seriously and terminally ill children, explained Aldridge.
To enable my progress to be tracked, I carried a Motorola MC35 PDA running Codegates standard asset and vehicle tracking software, normally deployed as a core element of our commercial enterprise mobility solutions. The software automatically logged my position using GPS and then sent it back to Codegates central communications server via GPRS. The data was then forwarded to the dedicated website to show my location, added Aldridge. I chose the MC35 as it remains a state of the art rugged PDA, and importantly, it is small and light enough to sit in my cycle saddle bag.
This is the third year that Aldridge and Codegate have supported o2e through Aldridges participation in a charity cycle ride. This year he hopes to raise over 1,000.
Each charity ride has a theme and this time it had a World War I feel. We left from The Cenotaph in London and cycled to Bruges via The Menin Gate and the Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery and Memorial to the Missing, just outside of Passendale, concluded Aldridge. It was extremely poignant to think of those who had made the ultimate sacrifice and to compare it with the small sacrifices we could all make to improve the lives of others.
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