Thursday, June 20, 2019

Energy sector celebrates its support for third sector

From left: Barry Duncan, CNR International; Ray Riddoch, CNOOC International; Emma Spence, Chrysaor; and Dave Stewart, WOOD Asset Solutions.
From left: Barry Duncan, CNR International; Ray Riddoch, CNOOC International; Emma Spence, Chrysaor; and Dave Stewart, WOOD Asset Solutions.

Aberdeen’s oil and gas sector is coming together to back the city’s third sector with a number of companies signing up as main sponsors for Celebrate Aberdeen 2019.

CNOOC International is this year’s platinum sponsor with Wood, CNR International and Chrysaor confirmed as gold sponsors.

They are now calling for more industry representatives, along with businesses from across all other sectors, to join them in supporting the annual Celebrate Aberdeen activities which showcase and raise awareness of the vital contribution the third sector makes to society.

Ray Riddoch, Managing Director UK & Sr. VP Europe and Africa, said: “CNOOC International is delighted to support Celebrate Aberdeen. Giving back to the communities where we live and work is at the heart of CNOOC International’s values. Our support of Celebrate Aberdeen reflects the importance that we place on supporting the third sector and the excellent work they do.”

Celebrate Aberdeen, a non-profit organisation, is planned and run entirely by a small team of volunteers. It is completely reliant on the external financial support it receives from the business community. Without that, the Celebrate Aberdeen parade and other weekend activities on August 24/25 and the Celebrate Aberdeen awards on September 14 could not take place.

Sponsorship packages, ranging from £300 parade sponsors to £3,000 award sponsors, are still available. Aberdeen Inspired, Hampton, CALA Homes and Spree have already signed up as awards sponsors, but the fundraising continues.

The Celebrate Aberdeen parade, now in its 8th year, is the highlight of the August weekend activities. Last year around 5,000 people associated with more than a hundred organisations took part in the mile-long parade down Union Street. Other activities that weekend include the Union Street Mile races.

The second Celebrate Aberdeen Awards will be one of the first events at the new TECA. The inaugural event was attended by 475 people and this year numbers are expected to be even higher with additional awards categories added. Sponsorship is vital to ensure finalist organisations can attend the event for free.

Celebrate Aberdeen founder Morven Mackenzie said: “Celebrate Aberdeen 2019 could not happen without the generosity of platinum sponsor CNOOC International and our gold sponsors Wood, CNR International and Chrysaor. We hope their support will be the catalyst for other companies to come on board.

“We’re grateful every year for the support we get from across the business community, from sole traders and SMEs up to the global oil and gas sector. The third sector plays an important role in all our lives and this is our way of thanking them and shining a spotlight on their contribution. Securing more award and parade sponsors will be essential in helping us do that.”

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