Petrofac management will need to reach peak fitness for their latest fundraising challenge – to carry Aberdonian wheelchair athlete Kenny Herriot to the summit of Bennachie next month.
Petrofac Offshore Projects and Operations has sponsored Kenny, an elite international wheelchair athlete and motivational speaker, for nearly 13 years. After being injured in a motorbike accident in 2000, Kenny has travelled across the world to train, compete and inspire people, sporting Petrofac branding.
A 20-strong group including Petrofac’s Europe leadership team will scale all 1,700 feet of Bennachie for the challenge on Friday 15 August 2014 tackling rocky terrain while working together to carry Kenny safely to the summit in a specially-modified wheelchair.
All funds raised will go to Petrofac’s chosen ‘Charity of the Year’, Friends of the Special Nursery, which is the charity of Aberdeen Maternity Hospital’s neo-natal unit for premature and sick babies. The Bennachie challenge is one of a range of fundraising activities being undertaken by Petrofac teams and departments in year one of a two year partnership.
Julie Wilson, Treasurer, Friends of the Special Nursery said: “We wish the Leadership Team all the best with the challenge. We are so impressed with the amount of proactive fundraising from staff teams at Petrofac and delighted that they have already raised enough funds to purchase much-needed items from our wish-list: a height adjustable cot and a drinking water unit. With these donations, we can continue to support families through extremely difficult times and give newborns the best possible start in life.”
Kenny Herriot said: “I have had an amazing relationship with Petrofac since 2001; they have helped me achieve a very high standard in racing and motivational speaking. I am delighted to take part in this exciting and challenging day and put the leadership team through their paces for a great cause."
Walter Thain, Senior Vice President Europe, Petrofac said: “We are delighted to take on this challenge for a very worthwhile cause. The leadership team were inspired by the tremendous effort by our staff; their enthusiasm, drive and generosity for their chosen charity has resulted in us raising more than £10,000 so far this year. Together we will ensure we reach our fundraising target of £33,000 to purchase a much-needed ‘Giraffe’ incubator for the neo-natal unit to promote the growth and stability of fragile newborns.”
Kenny Herriot and Petrofac's Europe leadership team