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 Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.
The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.
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Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.
The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland