Muscat, Sultanate of Oman - Shell Oman signed an agreement with Dar Al Atta Association to support the Big Give Competition for its 2017 edition. The sponsorship agreement was signed at Shell Oman Marketing Company’s head office by Chris Breeze, Shell’s Country Chairman, Mohammed Mahmood Al Balushi, Chief Executive Officer of Shell Oman Marketing Company, and Honourable Maryam Issa Al Zadjali, Chairperson of Dar Al Atta Association, in the presence of senior management representatives of both organizations.
The Big Give Competition is a nationwide initiative by Dar Al Atta, first launched in March 2012, and is currently in its sixth round. Teams from different universities and colleges in the Sultanate compete against each other to come up with innovative ideas that can help raise funds and awareness while contributing to the various charity programmes run by Dar Al Atta. The competition in 2016, which was also sponsored by Shell Oman, helped raise more than 32,500 OMR for Dar Al Atta, and landed the well-established association its second Sultan Qaboos Award for Volunteer Work which highlights the importance of this initiative and its influence among members of the society.
Commenting on this occasion, Chris Breeze, Shell’s Country Chairman in Oman, stated, “Shell is very proud to support Dar Atta’s Big Give Competition this year. We hope that by providing this support, we will help the initiative in realizing its ultimate goal of encouraging students to develop and manage a successful charity project and to raise funds for Dar Al Atta. Social investment programmes that facilitate social and enterprise development help to build sustainable and strong communities.”
Speaking about the agreement, Mohammed Mahmood Al Balushi, CEO of Shell Oman, said, “This is an excellent opportunity for us to help spread Shell Oman’s social investment programme at a nationwide platform. Our strategic long-term partnership with Dar Al Atta is in line with our commitment to corporate social responsibility and supporting local community development efforts. This competition will enable youth in Oman to drive their enthusiasm towards becoming active members of the society while spreading the message of philanthropy. We hope that students who will participate in this programme will not only be able to raise funds for charity, but also learn various competencies and skills that will contribute to their career development such as communications, marketing, project management among others.”
The Honorable Maryam Al Zadjali, Chairperson of Dar Al Atta’a commented: “we are very happy to collaborate once more with shell in The Big Give Competition. We consider this competition as one of the very important initiatives which we organize for the great impact it has on the students’ personalities in terms of team work, planning, confidence and responsibility. We extend our gratitude to Shell for their support and help always...”
The teams compete on 4 different categories of prizes: Most Funds Raised, Best Publicity Awareness, Best Project Implementation and Best Idea.
The agreement comes as an extension of previous partnerships between Shell Oman and Dar Al Atta Association towards the charitable causes and projects championed by Dar Al Atta like Treasure Hunt and Sponsor a Student Programme, among many. Both parties are committed to further strengthen their relationship to help the local communities in which they operate.
About Dar Al Attaa:
Dar Al Attaa is an inclusive charity organization and it caters to anyone who is poor in the Sultanate. It is a non-profit volunteer- based charity that was formed in 2002 and was formally registered as a Charity in 2006 with the Ministry of Social Development. This enabled Dar Al Attaa to officially fundraise as well as organize events, hire staff and get properly set up to cater to the needs of the underprivileged.
About Shell Oman Marketing Company SAOG:
Shell Oman is publicly listed company on the Muscat Securities Market since 1997, delivering world-class quality of global fuel technology and operational excellence in Retail, Commercial, Lubricants, Marine, Bitumen and Aviation businesses in Oman, and has been contributing towards developing sustainable economic advantage in the Sultanate by nurturing the human capital and equipping the Omani workforce to scale the heights of success proven by its track record of supporting In-Country-value initiatives and remarkable Omanization rate of approximately 90%.
About Shell Development Oman LLC:
Shell Development Oman provides a central point for co-ordination of all Shell activities and interests in the Sultanate of Oman. Shell is active in Oman across the oil and gas industry and is involved in joint venture and independent activities ranging from research and development, exploration and production to trading and retail. Shell also implements extensive social investment programmes that contribute to the sustainable development of the country.