Combining Adventure and Charity: Our Teambuilding charity fundraiser

Combining Adventure and Charity: Our Teambuilding charity fundraiser

Date: June 21st, 2024

Location: Colin Glen, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Cause: Raising funds for Autism NI

On a slightly rainy day, we didn’t let the weather damp our moods as we combined the thrill of adventure with the warmth of giving back to the community. Our annual teambuilding day on June 21st this year was not just about bonding and fun; it was a heartfelt effort to support Autism NI, a charity close to many of our hearts. This year, we decided to take our teambuilding activities up a notch by facing our fears and testing our skills at Colin Glen in Belfast, home to Ireland’s longest zipline and a myriad of exciting activities.

Hitting the Bullseye: A Fun-Filled Archery Session

The start of the afternoon saw us descend to the archery range, ready to test our precision and focus. Archery at Colin Glen was not just about hitting targets; it was an engaging and laughter-filled challenge. Our organiser set us various creative tasks, including the whimsical challenge of “making a pizza without burning it,” which meant aiming to avoid the black zones on the target.

Laughter echoed as arrows occasionally missed their mark, and cheers erupted when someone hit the bullseye. The friendly competition brought us closer together, highlighting the importance of teamwork and encouraging a light-hearted atmosphere.

Ziplining for a Cause: Conquering Ireland’s Longest Zipline

The centrepiece of our day was the adrenaline-pumping zipline adventure. Colin Glen’s zipline, the longest in Ireland, stretches majestically across the forest canopy, promising a thrilling ride from a dizzying height of 100 feet. For 12 of us, this meant a mixture of excitement and a touch of trepidation, especially for those of us who had to conquer a fear of heights.

The anticipation built up as we climbed to the starting tower, standing 100 feet tall and offering a bird’s-eye view of the lush green surroundings. Heartbeats quickened and pulses raced as we paired up to take on the zipline challenge two at a time. The initial leap into the void was a moment of pure exhilaration, followed by an unforgettable ride across the treetops. The camaraderie and encouragement from the team were palpable, turning fear into a shared triumph.

As we soared over the forest, we could feel the significance of our efforts. Every exhilarating moment on the zipline was a step closer to our fundraising goal. To date we have raised an impressive £485 for Autism NI with this fundraiser, making every thrilling second worth it.

Celebrating Success: Dinner and Drinks

We concluded our adventurous day with a well-deserved dinner and drinks. The celebration was not just about the thrill of the day’s activities but also about the sense of accomplishment and the joy of contributing to a worthy cause. As we shared stories and laughter over delicious food, there was a sense of unity and fulfillment in the air.

The combination of ziplining, archery, and a collective spirit of giving made this teambuilding day truly special. It was a day where we overcame personal challenges, strengthened our bonds, and made a positive impact on our community. The money raised for Autism NI is a testament to what can be achieved when a team comes together with a shared purpose.

Reflections and Looking Forward

Our annual teambuilding day at Colin Glen was more than just a series of fun activities; it was an experience that left a lasting impact. The sense of accomplishment from facing the zipline challenge and the joy of supporting Autism NI made the day memorable.

As we look forward to future teambuilding events, the success of this day serves as an inspiration. Combining adventure with charity has shown us that teambuilding can be both fun and meaningful. We are excited to explore more ways to challenge ourselves and give back to our community in the future.

Thank you to everyone who supported us in raising funds for Autism NI. Your contributions are helping to make a difference in the lives of individuals and families affected by autism in Northern Ireland. You can find out more about what they do here. Here’s to more adventures and charitable efforts in the years to come!