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Employees run first lap in virtual round the world race for NHS Charities Together

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Palo Alto Networks, the global cybersecurity leader, is excited to share how its employees’ UK & Ireland Isolation Charity Challenge raised more than £7000 for NHS Charities Together through exercising at home. The plan at the outset was to run, walk, bike and row the equivalent of 5365 miles from the Palo Alto Networks HQ in Santa Clara, CA, to the London office.

The team kicked off the challenge from their homes on Thursday, 9 April and with growing uptake smashed through the original mileage target in just 15 days, so continued on to the Amsterdam, Tel Aviv, Sydney, and Tokyo offices and back past Santa Clara again finally completing 27,022 miles by Monday, 1 June.

Starting with just a few team members, the challenge quickly grew to 75% of the UK & Ireland team and their families signing up to get involved, whether tracking their daily dog walk, hitting the treadmill or doing a Joe Wicks workout with their kids. The team has raised £7,415.75 and counting, and the final amount raised by the employees will be quadrupled by the company itself, which is one of the biggest cybersecurity firms in the world and already committed to raising millions to help fight COVID-19.

Simon Turner, VP of Western Europe, Palo Alto Networks said:

“Lockdown has made us all think very differently about our work and how we can help support others within the community during these challenging times. This idea of a virtual run between the offices came from our UK team and began with an ambition to travel the 5365 miles between our US headquarters and London offices. But it quickly captured everyone’s imagination and determination to make a difference within their communities, and we finished at over 27,000 miles as we raced from office to office around the world. I am so proud about what’s been achieved to support the NHS in these difficult times and how we as a business are so significantly boosting our staff donations. Now, the team is discussing how much further we can go in our virtual run and ability to raise even more money to support good causes.”

On a global level, the company is supporting staff getting involved in COVID-19 related voluntary work and charity initiatives. The Palo Alto Networks COVID Relief Fund was launched by CEO, Nikesh Arora, at the start of the crisis with an immediate contribution from himself, the management team and the company of $4 million, and a commitment to quadruple the funds raised by employees.

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