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11 December 2018

think… Volunteers

With International Volunteers Day last week, we decided to ask around the office to hear all about the amazing work that our employees do in their own time. To our delight – although we are not surprised – our guys are quite the helpers, both locally and internationally.

Jamee, our PR and Marketing Specialist, is incredibly active with a local organisation called Celebrate Aberdeen – who’s key objective is to showcase the phenomenal work done by volunteers and the third sector in Aberdeen. The event is run solely by volunteers, for volunteers. With planning for the event starting in January, it’s a busy year getting ready for the weekend in August (and now the awards in September).

The event encompasses a third sector parade, involving more than 130 charities and 5000 people, before a weekend of family fun and musical acts. This year, Jamee organised 45 musical and sports acts over five locations around the city centre over two days. All those stressful months are so worth it when Jamee gets to see the parade take off down Union Street and the city painted pink.

Celebrate Aberdeen

Our Account Executive, Kate, has been extremely busy over the years. Kate was appointed as Chairperson for the Grampian Kidney Patient Association, a charity extremely close to her heart, in May 2017. Since then, she has rebranded the charity, helped establish an online presence and plans to establish an interactive website for patients next.

Kidney Kids Scotland has been a huge part of her charity work. Each year, Kate attends a young adults’ weekend to talk to teenagers and encourage the younger renal generation to look after themselves by drinking plenty of water and taking their medication – something she knows all too well from experience. In 2017, Kate abseiled down the Aberdeen Children’s Hospital building for The ARCHIE Foundation. Anything Kate can do to help young children or those in the renal community, she is there!

Our Junior Account Executive, Lisa, is not afraid to get her hands dirty when it comes to her voluntary work. Whilst at University, she spent more than one summer travelling to exotic locations to really make a difference. In 2017, Lisa found herself jetting off to Chiang Mai, Thailand, where she worked at The Elephant Nature Park, an elephant rescue and rehabilitation centre. Her days were spent unloading trucks of fruit, mucking out and improving general welfare and support for the rescued animals in the park. This wasn’t limited to elephants though; in her “spare time” she also helped walk, bath and feed around 500 rescued dogs.

2018 saw her off again, this time to Sri Lanka, where she spent a month building a turtle hatchery and taking part in night time patrols – resulting in more than 200 turtle eggs being rescued and saved from poachers. While there she was also involved in daily beach cleans and even turned her hand to teaching Kindergarten children English.

Our CEO, Annabel Sall, has worked with the RDA (Riding for the Disabled) for a number of years now and finds great delight in helping others through her own passion for horse riding.

That’s not all… Everyone at think contributes what they can, when they can. From donating to food banks and supporting local charities and events, to giving to local organisations or helping at our children’s schools. Our small company tries its best to make a big impact!

This year, we wanted to do a little something extra, and we’re delighted to be supporting Befriend a Child through their Giving Tree and making a food donation to CFINE.