TAQA charities team ‘take the helm’ for Aberdeen Lifeboat
Employees of oil and gas company TAQA have chosen the Aberdeen Branch of the RNLI as one of two charities of the year which will benefit from staff and company fund-raising endeavours.
Naazma Izzam and Sian Mutch recently visited Aberdeen Lifeboat Station to meet the Lifeboat team and see for themselves how funds raised will support lifesaving at sea.
Naazma, a member of TAQA’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) committee who originally nominated the RNLI, was joined by corporate communications advisor Sian on a guided tour of the lifeboats hosted by mechanic/deputy 2nd coxswain Cal Reed.
“It was fun, interesting and insightful”, said Naazma. “It was good to get up close to the technical side of the lifeboat’s work.”
Sian added “We can now go back and tell colleagues about the lifeboat from personal experience. I’ll feel more confident about explaining the importance of what we’re raising funds for.
TAQA’s CSR committee has an outstanding track record in supporting its chosen charities – last year’s beneficiaries received in excess of £60,000. This year’s funds will be split between Aberdeen Lifeboat and another local lifesaving charity, the Sandpiper Trust.
Anne Scott, community fundraising manager for the RNLI in north east Scotland, says the Lifeboat team will support Taqa’s fundraising activities wherever possible.
“We will have team members in TAQA’s offices for their charities launch on 26th June and plans are under way for a special visit to the Lifeboat station for TAQA employees and families later in the summer,” says Anne.
Naazma added “We’re also looking forward to taking part in the RNLI’s Fish Supper Friday in October. That’ll be a fun opportunity for TAQA’s offshore and onshore communities to join together for a common cause that day.”
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.