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Sabbatical allows charity row from Miami to New York

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When qedis employee Lewis Colam wanted three months off to row a boat from Miami to New York to raise money for Alzheimer’s research, the company not only pitched in as a sponsor but gave him a sabbatical for the trip.

Executives at the London-based management and technology consulting firm say they try to support their employees’ dreams. Plus, they’re getting plenty of publicity from Colam’s adventures, in which, alone in his 15-foot wooden boat, he will cover more than 1,400 miles in the Atlantic Ocean and on the Intercoastal Waterway.

Colam set out from Miami on March 3 and hopes to reach the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor sometime in May.

Colam’s original goal was to raise $20,000 for the Fisher Center, an international foundation for Alzheimer’s research. However, he’s quickly closing in on that: By April 6, he had already secured pledges and donations totaling more than $18,800.

You can follow Colam’s progress and donate to his cause at www.iamfinechallenge.org. His job as a consultant will be waiting for him when his trip is over, execs said.

Contact: Gemma Ruggiero, marketing@qedis.com.

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