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Team bonding trek to Turkey
12:30pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
TEAM bonding exercises usually involve a day of activity courses, dodging paintballs or a few drinks round the pub table.
But this group of Southampton radio workers took it to the next level by driving thousands of miles across Europe.
The team from Awaaz Community Radio, in Cranberry Terrace, jumped in a Vauxhall Zafira in the UK and made their way to the Turkish capital Istanbul to get to know each other better and improve their teamwork skills.
Their mammoth journey saw them take in France, Belgium, Germany, Luxem-bourg, Austria, Hungary, and Romania before they reached their target.
Ali Beg, project manager at the station, which is targeted to specific communities in the city from India and Pakistan, said the four-strong team came up with the idea after missing out on their usual team building day.
Khalid Farook kept listeners up to date throughout their journey using social media websites such as Facebook, while the group took turns behind the wheel.
Junaid Ali, who was part of the team, said: “The second day was our longest of the trip. We drove through Germany, Austria, Hungary and central Romania. “It was a 20-hour drive but if it had not been for Khalid’s past as a rally driver it would have taken longer.”
Kevin Megahey, who also went on the trip, said Istanbul was a “culture shock” for him.
He said: “I even went into a mosque for the first time. I was not in a good frame of mind when I went in but I came out feeling happy. It cheered me up.”
The group spoke of singing songs throughout long journeys to keep spirits high and refusing to hand over 20,000 euros to a policeman in Serbia who stopped them.
Ali added: “We’ve called ourselves the ‘1,000 mile friends’.
“Teamwork is important. This part of the organisation is important and this team showed the best they have in them. It’s great to have a great team.”
Kevin added: “I’d like to thank Ali for arranging this trip. It was an opportunity and an experience.”
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