Tesco support the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay
In December, Steve Bonera, a Hub Developer in Tesco Customer Service Centre in Cardiff, received word that he had been chosen to take part in the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, as part of the Olympic celebrations.
Nominated by his boss at the time, Gavin Rowlands, for his long term commitment to raising money for various charities through running, Steve would take his place amongst local heroes and celebrities in carrying the Olympic Torch for a stretch of its journey around the UK.
“Running Marathons and Half Marathons for charity was reward in itself” said Steve, “I love running and the added bonus of doing what you enjoy to raise money for causes you care about makes it even better.”
“It’s a great honour to be involved and I’m not sure it really sunk in what I was doing until I saw the news coverage of the Olympic Flame arrive in Cornwall from Greece and realising I’d be taking part in this event in 5 days.”
Steve had received his Torch Bearer Kit and details of the stretch where he would be the focus of the BBC cameras that were broadcasting the flame’s journey live to viewers across the world and was ready for it. So were his family, who had ordered their “Cheer Kit” with a personalised motivational banner, flags and drums, to cheer Steven on.
“It was great being able to share the experience with my family, who would be there cheering me on, along with all the locals that had turned up in force to mark the occasion. I’m guessing that the Olympic Flame making its ways through Abersychan is probably a “once in a lifetime” thing.”
The Bonera Family Olympic Torch Experience didn’t end there, with Steve’s 10 year old son Jake, taking the torch to his school and being the torchbearer at their School Olympics and raising money for
charity by allowing people to have their picture taken with the torch, Something Steve will be doing himself in the workplace.
“I’d like to thank everyone for their support and good luck messages, it was a fantastic experience that I never expected.”