People enjoying a late lunch at Yards Park were in for a surprise yesterday as I joined Deputy Secretary John Porcari, Undersecretary Roy Kienitz, and a parade of DOT employees for an afternoon walk along the Anacostia River here in Washington.
The event, dubbed "Walk and Roll," was just the latest creative idea our employees came up with to raise money for the 2011 Combined Federal Campaign.
As I've mentioned before, our annual CFC drive kicked off in October to raise money for deserving charities across the country. Federal employees can log into Employee Express to make a donation to either the general fund or a charity of their choosing.
The folks at DOT are always more than generous in their contributions, and yesterday was no exception. We had 100 employees donate over $800 to participate in the walk, allowing them to get some exercise and take a break from work on a beautiful day--all while supporting the CFC general fund.
A number of walkers came dressed for exercise, including a group decked out in matching red shirts that called themselves “The Wellness Warriors." Another employee helped put the "roll" into the "Walk and Roll" by pushing her granddaughter along in a stroller.
All in all, the mile seemed short, and we were tempted to keep walking. But, with lots of work still to do for the day, we turned around and headed back to headquarters.
I want to extend a big thank you to all who participated yesterday, as well as those who couldn’t make the walk but still donated to the cause. We're well on our way to meeting our $1.5 million fundraising goal, and I have no doubt that this year's CFC drive will be our most successful yet.