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Metaswitch take on 'Mind over Miles' challenge in support of AWARE

Metaswitch take on 'Mind over Miles' challenge in support of AWARE

Published on Monday, 19 October 2020

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A team from cloud-native Communications Company, Metaswitch is currently taking part in a ‘Mind over Miles’ challenge in support of AWARE!

Metaswitch is a recognised leader in the development of ultra-high performance, cloud native communications software. Metaswitch products are designed to run on the customer premises, or in private, public and hybrid clouds. Metaswitch provide award-winning solutions that power more than 750 fixed, mobile and converged service providers worldwide.

The team (Shannon Heaney, Andrew McCullough, Curtis Reed, Aaron Coburn, Peter McFetridge, Matthew Duddy, Andy McCurdy, Joel Warden, Paul Earney and Catherine Gallagher) based in Belfast decided they wanted to do something different, and challenge themselves whilst raising funds for a local charity. They chose to collectively walk, run, swim, or cycle the distance of the famous Route 66, (that’s 2500 miles!) over a three-month period in support of AWARE.

Route 66

The challenge has 2 goals –

    1. Raise as much money as possible to support those affected by mental illness
    2. Become more active while working at home

Telling us about the challenge and why they chose AWARE, team captain Shannon Heaney (Professional Services Manager) at Metaswitch said, “This challenge will allow us to raise money and awareness, but also encourage us to get out of the house and exercise which improves our own mental health. As a team we want to raise money and awareness for those struggling with mental illness. We have all been impacted either directly or indirectly with mental illness at some stage in our lives and recognise the importance of charities such as AWARE. We have found that since working from home we are more aware of our own mental health and some of the team have faced challenges since that start of lockdown. We recognise that whilst there is an ongoing pandemic, there is also an ongoing and ever-growing mental health pandemic!”

Shannon has had her own experience with mental health that led to her drive and motivation to give back, “On a personal note, I am passionate about mental health charities such as yourselves as I lost my Mum to suicide in 2013 after a long battle with depression. I am keen to help others through mental health challenges and to raise awareness in order to provide resources to those who are mentally ill, as well as their families. If just one family can benefit from this challenge then we have been successful. I am aware that I cannot change how my story ended, but I can help to change the ending of many others.”

The team are over half way through their challenge and have raised over £3000 so far for AWARE.

Metaswitch collage

Lisa Abell-Farrelly, Corporate Relationship Officer at AWARE said, “We are so delighted to be receiving the incredible support and funds from the Metaswitch Belfast team. The challenge is fantastic and a great way for staff to get active whilst working at home. The funds raised will make a huge difference to those in Northern Ireland who are struggling with their mental health. Thank you, team Metaswitch!”

To support the challenge, click here