Aberdeen firm raises £5,000 for charities after 30th anniversary drive

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An Aberdeen firm’s celebrations to mark its 30th year in business have continued with a special prizegiving ceremony at a city centre primary school.

Staff from Strategic Resources, based on North Silver Street, chose to mark the landmark anniversary by giving back to three local charities, engaging with clients, contractors and suppliers and supporting the next generation of youngsters.

As part of this campaign, a total of £5,050 has been raised through a special prize lottery and split evenly between Archway, Children 1st and JDRF. The funds will allow each charity to continue to provide vital services to vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the north-east.

In addition, children from neighbouring Gilcomstoun School, Skene Street were invited to take part in an art competition, entitled ‘When I grow up I want to be…’ where they were tasked with drawing or creating a picture that represented their chosen career or profession.

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More than 100 primary 4 to 7 pupils submitted entries – including drawings of a pilot, a Formula 1 driver and the owner of an origami shop. The first, second and third-placed prize winners from each class were selected by judges from Strategic Resources and each of the three charities.

The results of the competition were announced at a school assembly with each of the winners receiving vouchers and a framed picture of their artwork, whilst all second and third-placed pupils received a certificate. The school also received a cheque for £250 from Strategic Resources.

Shonah Raffan, managing director at Strategic Resources, said: “At one point or another, we’re all guilty of not taking the time to reflect on and properly celebrate company and individual achievements. Over the past few months we’ve made a concerted effort to recognise the various high points we have experienced as a company over the past three decades, as well as challenges such as the downturn in the oil and gas industry.

“We’ve involved our entire team – several of whom have been with the company for many years – clients, contractors, suppliers and different partner organisations, such as charities and the school, to help strengthen relationships in the wider community.

“We remain strong in the market and I can think of no better way to celebrate our anniversary than by having a prizegiving ceremony at the school as we prepare for the next 30 years, whatever they may hold for the north-east and beyond.”

Suzanne Carson, head teacher at Gilcomstoun School, commented: “I would like to pay tribute to everyone connected to Strategic Resources for their commitment and enthusiasm in organising a children’s art competition with Gilcomstoun School. It has been a rewarding partnership.

“Thank you also to all staff and children who supported this competition and took part. Initiatives, like this, play a vital role in giving pupils the skills they will need for the remainder of their academic career and for eventually entering the world of work.”

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