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Can Just 25 People Pull a FedEx Airbus? FedEx Ireland Proves It!

July 15, 2010

On Sunday 20 June I took part in the first ever Plane Pull in Ireland, sponsored by FedEx Express. The aim of Pull for Sight was to raise money for ORBIS, an international charity that aims to eliminate avoidable blindness in developing countries.

After six months of planning the day had finally arrived and teams of excited pullers donned team colors with one aim – to pull a FedEx Express Airbus 300, 12 feet, in the fastest time.

I wasn’t alone in this feat and neither were FedEx Express. 11 teams of 25 people attended the event, joined by their friends and families.

After the warm up, led by Tina Rodgers from FedEx Express Airshow, buses of teams were escorted by security to the pull site. FedEx Express coordinators and event leaders worked with ORBIS team members to make each pulling teams’ experience a very memorable one with team photos. The excitement was everywhere and the roar of the on looking family members and friends is still ringing in my ears.

In true competitive spirit the FedEx Express team was not going to be up staged and we completed the pull in the fastest time of 6.2 seconds. Well done to all!

After the pull event everyone was invited to a BBQ in the Carlton Hotel overlooking the pull site, where team prizes and presentations were made to the winning teams on behalf of ORBIS. Then the carnival atmosphere continued, with children enjoying the face painting and bouncy castles, but especially the ice cream on this unusually warm Dublin day.

Altogether the event raised over €20,000, with FedEx Express employees donating €3,000 to the community foundation fund to enter the FedEx Express winning team.

From the first moment the Dublin team were approached about the event they were fully committed to making it a very successful day .There was no shortage of volunteers for every task and or team participation. Everyone had an excellent day and the entire team is already looking forward to next year’s event and the retention of the ORBIS trophy!


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