Safelite® Team Raises $230,000 in London Triathlon
August 24, 2010

Twenty Safelite AutoGlass employees traveled to England recently to compete alongside 900 Belron® colleagues from other countries in the London Triathlon. The event, hosted by Safelite parent company Belron, raised $655,000 for Ma'Afrika Tikkun, an organization benefiting children and orphans in South Africa. Safelite athletes donated $230,000.

Among Safelite’s team members were several victories in the event itself. Jenny Kipker, a treasury analyst from Hilliard, Ohio, took first-place in the individual female sprint race.

“I have participated in this event for the past three years,” says Kipker. “The event has grown so much and the impact we’ve been able to have is tremendous. While I’m proud of my placement in the event, I’m even more proud of the difference we’ve been able to make in the lives of others through our involvement.”

The Safelite team also took first-place in the Olympic team relay event, finishing in 2 hours, 17 minutes. Matt Weger, an IT director from Westerville, Ohio, completed the swim portion of the relay. He was joined by Jonathan Knight, a technician from Superior, Colo., and Brent Fiegel, a warehouse lead from Buffalo, Iowa. The two completed the bike and run portions of the relay, respectively.

“Giving back is what life is all about,” said Knight. “It’s the little things that you do everyday that might make a difference in someone’s life. We were presented with the opportunity of a lifetime in this race, and took advantage of that opportunity not only for ourselves, but for the wellbeing of others less fortunate.”

Placing second in the same event was a team consisting of swimmer Greg Baker, an area sales manager from Noblesville, Ind., biker Joseph Grubbs, a mobile pro specialist from White House, Tenn., and runner Brandon Rene, a technician from Woods Cross, Utah. The team completed the event in 2 hours, 21 minutes.

“I want to congratulate all the members of Team Safelite® on their outstanding accomplishments in the London Triathlon. The entire company is extremely proud of their showings in the various events, but we’re even more proud of their dedication to helping others less fortunate than themselves,” says Tom Feeney, president and chief executive officer of Safelite Group. “Giving back is extremely important to our organization and I can think of no better testament to that idea than this group of people willing to sacrifice their time and energy for this cause.”

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