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10,000,000 steps: 10,000€ to Médecins Sans Frontières

Odigo is proud to announce the success of our recent initiative – a challenge to walk 10,000,000 steps and raise 10,000€ for Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), in India
10,000,000 steps: 10,000€ to Médecins Sans Frontières
08 July 20213 min of reading

July 8, 2021 – Odigo prioritizes employee health and wellness, which is of particular importance given the number of employees who work remotely. A few weeks ago, our Odigo Culture ambassadors, a team dedicated to developing and promoting the company culture across departments and countries, launched a mobility challenge with the aim of fostering a healthier lifestyle. Then an opportunity arose to make the challenge more meaningful. Read on to learn how Odigo found a way to promote health and wellness among our employees and give back to the global community.

Supporting our partners in India

Odigo had been looking for ways to aid the Covid-19 relief effort in India, one of the countries most impacted by the pandemic. This hits close to home for us, as close to 200 employees of our key R&D partner, GlobalLogic, are based in the subcontinent. 

Our Odigo Culture ambassadors decided to add a collective goal to the mobility challenge: supporting the work of the Indian branch of Médecins Sans Frontières, who are currently running dedicated programs in Delhi and Bangalore, two cities where the GlobalLogic teams are located. The challenge: “10,000,000 steps for a 10,000€ donation” was born. 

Odigo pledged to donate 10,000€ if our employees across the globe could walk a combined 10,000,000 steps. As it turned out, 10,000,000 was just a warm-up.

Surpassing our goal

Odigo is delighted to announce that a total of 109 participants, from 23 teams in France, Spain and the UK, took 22,694,237 steps during the 3 weeks of mobility challenge – a distance of over 15 000 kilometers. For reaching their goal twice over, Odigo contributed an additional 5,000€. Together we earned a total of 15,000€ for Médecins Sans Frontières in India.

The challenge resonated with GlobalLogic, Médecins Sans Frontières, and Odigo participants alike.

“As a global company with a significant footprint in India, GlobalLogic was very focused on employee well-being during the recent COVID wave,” says Shashank Samant, President and CEO, GlobalLogic. ” We were so pleased to see Odigo’s generous donation to Médecins Sans Frontières, to directly benefit the people of India in a time of dire need. We are proud to have an amazing client like Odigo, who believes giving back is an essential part of their mission as a corporation.” 

Médecins Sans Frontières is on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19 in India, providing assistance to patients while many hospitals are overwhelmed by the recent second wave. 

“Even though we are a small part of a big operation, our job is very important. Increasing the quality of care these patients receive and managing them well with oxygen in the facility means less people will need to go on to ventilator care,” says Dilip Bhaskaran, Project Coordinator, Médecins Sans Frontières

And for Odigo employees, the challenge was a chance to put values into practice. Christian Uchet, Operation Delivery Manager, writes: “I visited Ladakh and Rajasthan in 2018 and I was impressed by the people’s solidarity and resilience. When I heard about Odigo’s challenge to help India with Covid-19 it made sense for me to mobilize by walking free and paying homage to these values and philosophy! I am very proud to be part of it with my team. We had a lot of fun; we were challenged by Odigo teams in every site and country to help India and also to reach a better ranking in a strong competitive spirit.” Read more about Odigo community outreach programs.

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