Cabot Corporation (NYSE: CBT), a global specialty chemicals and performance materials company, has recently donated vital funds to build a new water safety set with safety education charity Absafe at their headquarters in Bridge of Don, Aberdeen. Cabot’s Speciality Fluids business team in Aberdeen also held its internal Global Safety Day event at Absafe on April 5, 2018.
The donation will allow Absafe to build an exciting new workshop that will teach school children how to stay safe in and around water. The recent launch of the Scottish drowning prevention strategy highlights the huge local challenges with regard to water safety, with an average drowning rate double that of the rest of the United Kingdom.
Kirsty Robertson, SH&E Manager for Cabot’s Speciality Fluids segment said, “Safety is fundamental to who we are as a company, and through our relationship with Absafe we can broaden safety education to the local community. Our teams have thoroughly enjoyed the events that we have conducted with Absafe, as they have made safety education fun, engaging and interactive.”
Absafe’s chief executive Emma Bellu said, “By funding our water safety set, Cabot will play a vital part in reducing drownings in the North East and support the next generation to be safe in everyday life. We’re delighted that our partnership continues to grow from strength to strength, demonstrating the real value a great corporate social responsibility (CSR) relationship can have for both organisations.”
Dan Price Davies, Chair of the Aberdeen Water Safety Group said, “This is very welcome news, ensuring workshops for all local primary schools, and closely supporting our integrated approach with multiple agencies tackling water safety issues in Aberdeen.”
Over the last two years, Cabot and Absafe’s CSR relationship has flourished. Following the success of their crime scene investigation (CSI) team building events last year, Absafe has challenged Cabot teams in Aberdeen and Bergen, Norway to create and present a school based CSI event to teach school children about road safety.
CSR relationships are of huge importance to both companies and over the years Absafe has welcomed many Cabot employees volunteering at their safety workshops which allows staff members to build new skills, and ensure their safety knowledge is passed to the next generation.
Leading safety education charity Absafe has won £3000 thanks to a team of students at St Margaret School for Girls coming first place in the Youth & Philanthropy Initiative competition. The prize, kindly donated by the Wood Foundation, was won by Adrianna, Aya, Una, Francesca, Eabha and Neha, a team of third year students at the Aberdeen based school.
Dedicated to safety education, the award winning charity Absafe beat off tough competition, all thanks to the outstanding presentation the girls delivered to a panel of judges. The drama based presentation featured Absafe mascot ‘Harold the Heart’ to take home the top prize.
Linda Williamson, Absafe volunteer who supported the team on Absafe’s behalf said “The competition was tough but there was no doubting the girls' commitment and enthusiasm for their task. We can't thank them enough for promoting Absafe so well and raising such a significant sum on our behalf.”
Absafe’s Chief Executive Emma Bellu said: “Peer influence is such a positive way to encourage the next generation to learn about safety. We’re delighted that the girls chose to support Absafe and did such a wonderful job highlighting the important work we do as well raising vital funds to support our ongoing services.”
Absafe is dedicated to providing the region with fun and engaging safety lessons and inspiring future generations. This money will allow Absafe to be able to develop their safety lessons and facilities even further.
Member of the winning team from St Margaret School for Girls, Una said “Absafe impacts the local community because it educates children on how to keep safe which I believe is extremely important. Although they cannot count how many lives they have saved, by speaking to the children I can tell how important this charity is and how much it affects them.”
Safety education charity Absafe has scooped the Outstanding Contribution to Society Award at this year’s Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce’s Northern Star Business Awards.
As the only charity in the north-east of Scotland dedicated to safety education and risk awareness, Absafe beat off stiff competition from Aberdeen Sports Village, HorseBack UK and the Bon Accord Centre to take home the coveted award.
Absafe’s marketing and corporate relations manager Laura McIntyre said: “Being nominated for an award of this calibre is a huge achievement for us, but to win is brilliant.
“Thank you to the Chamber of Commerce for its continued support, to the Absafe team and our dedicated volunteers, who blow us away with their commitment to our cause.
“We’re dedicated to providing the region with fun and engaging safety lessons that teach essential knowledge - this award is testament to our hard work and we look forward to an exciting chapter ahead.”
SAFETY hero Harold the Heart has been revealed as our newest team member, to help us spread the word about being safe.
In June of this year, we challenged budding artists across Aberdeen city and shire to design Absafe’s safety-themed mascot.
The contest, sponsored by Richard Irvin Energy Solutions, proved to be popular among schoolchildren in the region, with hundreds of entries making their way to our judging panel.
Charlie Locke from Mill O’Forest Primary School was the selected as the winner of the competition. His ‘Harold The Heart’ entry has been transformed into our new character and will be joining the us at events and school visits.
Laura McIntyre, Absafe’s Marketing and Corporate Relations Manager said: “We received lots of entries all at a very good standard but there was something about Charlie’s entry that really stood out to us. We make learning about being safe a fun and engaging experience – Harold the Heart’s big smile and twinkle in his eye pretty much sums us up.”
Kim Woolner HR and Corporate Service Director said: ‘We’re delighted to have sponsored Absafe’s Mascot competition and look forward to seeing Harold the Heart in action. A huge congratulations and well done to Charlie, from everyone at Richard Irvin.’