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Novus members complete walking challenge for CIOB Benevolent Fund

9 September 2020

Throughout July, Novus members and their friends headed outside, walking as many miles as they could on a virtual walking challenge. 

Novus members in Manchester and Liverpool set out to walk five miles on 19 July

The original challenge was to walk the distance from Land’s End to John o’Groats as a group. With dedication and effort from the walkers, they reached this target by the middle of July. But they haven’t stopped there – virtually hopping across the pond, they are now walking from Toronto to Quebec.

The aim of this challenge has been to get members exercising outside to improve their mental and physical health as well as raising awareness and donations for the CIOB Benevolent Fund cause. However, the event has had an unexpected social element with Novus members from across the globe getting to know one another through online chats and sharing pictures. 

Manchester and Liverpool Novus went further – organising a socially distanced walk.

“For the past two years, the Manchester and Liverpool Novus
Hub have put on their walking boots and walked up a mountain in aid of charity. This year we didn’t want to miss out,” said Nicola Hodson, Manchester Novus chair. 

“Most of us took part in the Global Novus walking challenge in July but we wanted to dedicate a day just for our Novus hub so we set a date, 19 July, and a target to do five miles each member. We achieved a combined total of 28 miles in one day, almost the distance between Manchester and Liverpool. 

“It was lovely at the end of the day to see such wonderful photos of where everyone went, all with the Novus logo. We are proud to be part of such a supportive professional network and to raise awareness and money for the CIOB Benevolent Fund.”