OEG Offshore couldn’t contain itself when asked to assist a Scottish charity which is helping save and improve the lives of thousands of children in Malawi.
The company, which provides cargo carrying units and A60 cabins to the energy industry, has donated a 20ft shipping container to F.R.O.M. Scotland (Famine Relief for Orphans in Malawi) which will be used to transport vital medical equipment and supplies, clothing and other essential items to the south east African country.
In addition to gifting the container, which has been specially branded with the F.R.O.M. Scotland logo, OEG Offshore will also cover the cost of shipping the container to Blantyre, Malawi when it is filled and dispatched early next year.
“Jeanette Forbes, CEO of PCL Group contacted us on behalf of the charity to ask if we could help out by lending them a container to take a shipment of equipment to Malawi,” said David Cooper of OEG Offshore. “When she told us about the work they do we really wanted to get involved. Rather than just lend them a container we decided to go a step further and donate one. That way it can be used for other purposes in country.
“Our staff really got behind this project too and raised more than £700 by holding a charity raffle.”
F.R.O.M. Scotland was set up in 2005 to provide aid to orphaned and vulnerable children suffering from disease, hunger and starvation as a result of the famine which struck the country. Since then it has raised more than £250,000 and sent two containers full of donated medical and other equipment to the country. Many of the projects it supports are led by Dr Tracey Morse from Pitcaple, near Inverurie. She has lived and worked in Malawi since 2000 as a Health Initiative Project Manager on behalf of Strathclyde University with funding support from the Scottish Government.
Jeanette Forbes, CEO, PCL Group and Tom Smith, Chairman of Aberdeen City & Shire Economic Forum and founder of Nessco Group Holdings Ltd, have been recognised for their outstanding business achievements by the Association of Colleges (AoC).
Every year, the Association of Colleges’ celebrate the achievements of former further education students who have excelled in their chosen field. Colleges from around the country are given the opportunity to nominate former students who recognise the impact their college had on their careers for a Gold Award. To acknowledge the wealth and calibre of the nominations AoC receive each year, a special Roll of Honour was created to which, this year, Jeanette and Tom were added. (more…)
Recent news article about the Piper Alpha Memorial, in the Press and Journal
Independence Vote “No Barrier to Investment”
Press and Journal – 17/11/2011 by Cameron Brooks
A leading north-east businesswoman has dismissed claims that the prospect of independence would put companies off investing in Scotland.
Jeanette Forbes, managing director of Aberdeen-based engineering and offshore services ﬁrm PCL Group, said the business community was more concerned with current taxation and employment.
She spoke out after UK Chancellor George Osborne said the prospect of an independence referendum was damaging investment.
The Conservative MP claimed “instability and uncertainty” surrounded the Scottish economy and some of the world’s biggest companies had voiced concerns about doing business in Scotland.
Finance Secretary John Swinney said there was no evidence to support the chancellor’s remarks and he feared Mr Osborne was trying to “sabotage” economic growth in Scotland
Businesswomen address senior pupils
Press and Journal – 24/08/2011
Pupils from the north-east’s only all-girl school learned at first-hand about women succeeding in business at a conference in Aberdeen yesterday.
Sixth-year pupils from St Margaret’s School for Girls heard presentations from three businesswomen at an event entitled ‘be the best you can be’.
First to share her career experiences was Lori Manders, director of development relations and alumni relations at University College London.
Before taking on this role she was director of development and external affairs at Aberdeen University, where she led the largest fundraising campaign in the university’s history.