Monday, June 11, 2018

VMware - A Force for Good - a non-technical blog post

I've been with VMware for almost 3 years now, and so far its been an amazing journey. Not only do we make world-class software solutions, At VMware, we also work hard to become a force for good in our communities. One of the things I love most about working for VMware is the culture, that culture is defined by our company values. We call these values EPIC 2

Execution:  We do it together
Passion: We challenge the status quo
Integrity: We build trust
Customers: Our customers make is possible
Community: Give more!

This blog post is specifically about this last value, Community.

This last weekend I had the pleasure of creating and representing Team VMware at the Trek Bicycles Trek 100 charity bike ride. This is the 5th year I have done this ride, and it is the 3rd year I have created Team VMware. (VMware is not an official sponsor)  All donations from this charity bike ride go to the MACC fund and help kids fight cancer. And also provides funds to further research on childhood cancer and related blood disorders.

Over the last 3 years, other members of the #vCommunity has joined me on this ride. And together we have raised over $6000 for this great charity. A huge Thank You to all that have sent us your support! This year my friend and local Wisconsin VMUG leader Tony Reeves joined me on the ride just like he has for the last four years. 
Together this year the two of us took time away from our families to raise support and ride together as a team in this fight against cancer. Tony and I both have been affected closely by cancer. I lost my mom to cancer in 2012 and Tony lost his mom to cancer in 2006. This is why every year we join forces do this ride. This year between the two us with help from our friends in the #vCommunity, and family we raised almost $1000. (Note, if you want to help us break past the $1000 mark, we are still accepting donations for this year. Feel free to hit one of the links below to donate. )

We had a great time together and perfect weather this year, and we were joined by several thousand other cyclists from around the world. Best of all, doing this ride you get to see the beautiful southern Wisconsin countryside. This bike ride starts at Trek bicycle headquarters in  Waterloo WI and proceeds north. The ride is fully supported in case you have a breakdown. And there are rest stops every 8-13 miles.

After completing the 100km journey this year Tony and I want more of our friends in the #vCommunity to join us. So I have a challenge for all of you.

The Challenge

We challenge you to join us next year on the Trek 100, You have the next year to do some physical training and prepare to join us on a 65-mile bike ride for this awesome cause.


I know many of you already are supporting great causes in your local community. We want to hear about it. So I'm asking you to write a blog about how you are a force for good in your community. Don't have a blog?  You can submit your story to me and I'll post it here.

Together lets become a force for good!


Heath's Donation link

Tony's Donation link

Note: All things written here are of my own opinion and is not sponsored by VMware in any way.

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