Reading, UK - October 5, 2010:
It’s that part of the year again that all Wiproites and their families wait for – the Spirit of Wipro Run! Wipro organized the fifth edition of the ‘Spirit of Wipro Run’ on October 2, an annual event with participation from employees, family and friends to celebrate its values aptly called Spirit of Wipro.
The run saw participation from 35 locations across the world including India, UK, US, Portugal, Australia, Philippines, Zurich, Romania, Singapore, Brazil, Dubai, Spain, Netherlands and Hungary - a first in the run’s five year history.
The theme chosen for this year’s run was diversity – diversity in all forms including people, gender and geographies. Reflecting the theme of diversity, Wipro’s online portal ChannelW carried a live update of runners registering for the run with a picture and a small description about them. This enabled the runners get to know more than just names about their fellow runners. Wipro is also promoting the theme of diversity and bonding where in the runners wrote the names of the people they are ran with on the back of their t-shirts.
Commenting on the run, Mr. Anurag Behar, Chief Sustainability Officer at Wipro said, “The Spirit of Wipro Run celebrates the spirit of collaboration and camaraderie between employees across the globe. It’s a test of our self-discipline and helps us to challenge ourselves and to push beyond where we thought we could go.”
He went on to add that, “For every Wiproite who runs, we plant a tree. And we make sure that they are nurtured and well taken care off, so that it benefits the community.”
“We had an outstanding attendance in the UK, with family and friends coming together in Reading, to make this event fun and entertaining. There was a conscious effort to promote community spirit and involvement. Having over 5500 employees in Europe, with close to half resident in the UK, this was a further demonstration of how Wipro is building relationships and integrating Wipro into the UK. The enthusiasm and passion were quite apparent and we look forward to many more runs of this nature”, said Jeffrey Heenan Jalil, Chief Sales and Operations Officer for Europe.
“It is an honour for us to have participated in this event by Wipro. Wipro’s theme of diversity ties in well with our strong belief in social cohesion and we are glad that we could be involved in this run”, said Joanne Stewart-Clark, Development Manager at Trees for Cities, a charity organization which inspires people to plant and love trees worldwide, which participated in the Spirit of Wipro run.
Another interesting addition to this year’s run was the promotion of 10 characters that have been created especially for the run in order to engage the employees on a lighter and fun level. Promotions through the online portals, along with downloadable formats of wallpapers, posters, e-signs, etc. were also done.
The Spirit of Wipro run is a fine example of a simple idea turning into reality. Started in 2006, the Spirit of Wipro Run today is amongst the most awaited events in Wipro. It is that one event that provides a profound platform for each Wiproite to get to know one another and experience camaraderie like never before.
About Wipro Ltd
Wipro Limited provides comprehensive IT solutions and services, including systems integration, information systems outsourcing, IT enabled services, package implementation, software application development and maintenance, and research and development services to corporations globally. Wipro Limited is the first PCMM Level 5 and SEI CMM Level 5 certified IT Services Company globally. In the Indian market, Wipro is a leader in providing IT solutions and services for the corporate segment in India offering system integration, network integration, software solutions and IT services. In the Asia Pacific and Middle East markets, Wipro provides IT solutions and services for global corporations. Wipro also has profitable presence in niche market segments of consumer products and lighting. Wipro's ADSs are listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and its equity shares are listed in India on the Stock Exchange - Mumbai, and the National Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit our websites at www.wipro.com and www.wipro.in
About Trees for cities
Trees for Cities is an independent charity which inspires people to plant and love trees worldwide.
Trees for Cities’ aim is to create social cohesion and beautify our cities through tree planting, community-led design, education and training initiatives in urban areas that need it most.
We manage projects across London, including in Brighton, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester and Reading, as well as internationally, for example, in Addis Ababa, Nairobi and Ica, Peru. All our community projects are supported by extensive consultation and involvement programmes that incorporate local residents, schools and community groups.
In 2011 Trees for Cities plans to work with a school for boys with emotional, social and behavioural difficulties, helping the boys to plant fruit trees and develop a food growing project on school grounds. The charity will also be running volunteer training sessions in Reading to teach members of the public how to plant trees, ensuring a green future for the town.
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