CloudShift is a member of Pledge 1%, an initiative lead by Salesforce designed to make it the new normal for companies to give back to communities. As part of our commitment to pledge 1% CloudShift took part in Surf force which is a charity event set up by a group of Salesforce professionals and trailblazers with a common goal; to help rid the ocean and beaches of plastic.
CloudShift had a few members of staff attend the event and lent a hand to cleaning Newquay beach and helping raise awareness about the issues around single-use plastics and plastic waste in the ocean. As a result of Surf force, CloudShift have changed the way we do lots of things, such as stopping using single-use plastics by getting reusable plastic bottles.
One of the team members who attended Surf force event was Sam Axton (Customer Solutions Consultant). He has written a short blog on what the event was all about and his experience and takeaway points.
First Surf Force Experience
The first time I went to Newquay I was a budding 15-year-old on my first ‘lads’ holiday staying at a slightly shady campsite on the outskirts of Newquay. I remember fondly going to an under 18’s nightclub drinking a can Coca-Cola trying to enjoy the music and having my first conversation with a girl (How embarrassing!). This was also my first experience surfing, not just bodyboarding my crew had made it into the big leagues or so we thought.
10 year’s later and I’m back in Newquay! Wow, it’s completely different from my 15-year-old self the beaches, the weather & nightlife all to seemed to have an amplified in a much greater appreciation of nature around me.
This was the whole point behind Surf Force taking us out of our cities & back into nature now in my new Salesforce crew we where physically cleaning the waste we’ve self-created from plastics we’ve thrown out and placed into our oceans. The amount we collected into 15 minutes astonishing & the effect really compounded my mind into changing my habits around using plastics.
The weekend was also about networking and knowledge sharing Salesforce idea’s and best practices that could potentially be used to better our environment in the future, what a fantastic weekend & I’ll definitely be back next year 😊