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Left to right: Tony Borst, Kimberly Jensen, Husim Karim, Mike Holcomb, Ron Swan, Pablo Yepes, Hendrata Tjoeng, Greg Shoalmire, Jeremy Farr, Keith Kruelskie, Kate Prather, Hermann Koester, Rene Rodrigues, Malcolm Lodge, Alfredo Dimacali, Carl Hock, Grant Manthey.
Forty Transocean employees and friends were among almost 13,000 riders who participated in the annual BP MS 150 Bike Ride from Houston to Austin on April 21 and 22. Another Transocean team of volunteers handled the tent and food at the end of the first day. The team raised over $57,000 for multiple sclerosis research.
Two Transocean employees-Karen McConaughey and Hendrata Tjoeng-have secured membership into the elite MS Club 300, which recognizes the society’s top fundraisers. Karen has raised $9,585 and Hendrata has raised $6,300. Hendrata was also in the club last year, along with John MacDonald, Manager, Marine Support.
Karen McConaughey, HR Functional Support, Houston, participating in the 2012 BP MS 150.By day, Karen works in HR Technical Services. After work, she serves as Training Coordinator and Co-Captain for Team Transocean and has a very personal reason for participating in the ride. She has multiple sclerosis. “I was diagnosed in 2000 and have volunteered for the MS 150 ever since. In 2008, I volunteered at La Grange (which is where the riders spend the night at the end of the first day). I saw how much fun the riders were having. So, later that year I purchased a recumbent trike to begin riding the MS 150,” she explains. Karen planned to ride in 2009 on Saturday only, but the ride was rained out. “To make up for the loss, I rode in the San Antonio MS 150 in October of that year. I have increased my distance each year. This was the first year I rode both days–a total of 95 miles.”
Hendrata, Transocean Marketing Manager, has participated the last two years, raising $8,000 and becoming Top Fundraiser No. 195 out of almost 14,000 riders last year. “I am fortunate to have many friends and colleagues supporting me. I participate in the ride because it is for a good cause and the least I can do. I also love cycling,” he said. Hendrata wrote about his experience in this year’s ride.
This was the first ride for Greg Shoalmire, Expatriate Taxation Manager for Transocean, who served as Ride Coordinator and Co-Captain for Team Transocean. “Thanks to all who participated in this year’s ride and to all the volunteers who were ready and waiting for us in La Grange after the ride on the first day with wonderful food and encouragement,” Greg says, noting he is already in training for next year’s ride.
The volunteer team was led by Rocio Gallegos, Accounting Coordinator for Transocean, and included food coordinators Blanca Olesen, HRMS Coordinator, and Sarah Pruett, Benefits Coordinator. The food was provided by the North America Division Marketing cook team, led by D.J. Husted and Meaghan Wheeler, and included Mark Mroz, Legal; Farhan Mohamed, Global HR Services; Maritza Colina, HR; and Rocio’s family.