Group from IT company make a splash at charity raft race

PADDLE POWER The Syn-Star team pulled together to help raise money for Autism Hampshire at the Portsmouth and Southsea Round Table raft race
PADDLE POWER The Syn-Star team pulled together to help raise money for Autism Hampshire at the Portsmouth and Southsea Round Table raft race

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Computer buffs took to the water raising money for Autism Hampshire.

A team of six members of staff from Syn-Star Complete IT Solutions, based in Ports-mouth, entered the annual Portsmouth and Southsea Round Table raft race.

The event, which took place at the Ports-mouth Watersports Centre, saw the group, who provide IT support for businesses and individuals, compete against other teams in this unusual race.

Teams came together to build their own rafts, before launching onto the water in hopes of staying afloat.

The event managed to raise £1,200 for Autism Hampshire, an independent regional charity designed to meet the needs of families, young people and adults with autism.

As well as raising money for charity, this was a great opportunity for staff from the Portsmouth office of Syn-Star to get to know their Petersfield colleagues.

Director of Syn-Star, Giles Cleverley, said: ‘We saw this as a great opportunity for a team-building exercise.

‘Working together to build the raft and then paddling in sync, without sinking 
– it was great fun.’

Out of eight teams competing, the six from the IT company managed to come in second place.

‘Coming second in a field of eight teams was brilliant and with all the proceeds raised going to such a worthy cause, it was a terrific event,’ added Mr Cleverley.

The Portsmouth and Southsea Round Table group is a young men’s fellowship club, which actively gets involved with community projects and charity fundraisers.

Chair of Portsmouth and Southsea Round Table, Mike Ward, said: ‘We are so grateful to those who take part and make these events successful.

‘It’s a great way to have fun and make a difference to people’s lives through the charities we support.’

The group is currently looking for new members to join and help with further projects.

For more information on the Round Table visit roundtable.co.uk.