Giv­ing your com­mu­nity a lift

Com­pe­ti­tion: Col­lect­ing to­kens will put one lucky group on right road for new minibus

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - FRONT PAGE - BY KIRSTEN ROBERT­SON

Across the north and north­east, com­mu­nity groups are once again be­ing of­fered the chance to win a new minibus.

For the fourth year in a row, oil and gas com­pany Nexen has teamed up with The Press and Jour­nal to give one lucky group the keys to their very own 17-seater minibus worth £40,000.

Each year scores of or­gan­i­sa­tions, like Scouts, Guides, bowl­ing, golf, church, school and dance

“The minibus has re­ally been a won­der­ful ass­set to the group”

groups, take part in the pop­u­lar com­pe­ti­tion.

Whole com­mu­ni­ties get be­hind ef­forts to col­lect enough to­kens to land them the win­ning en­try.

Groups can en­ter as many times as they like, as long as each en­try form has 50 to­kens at­tached.

Regis­tra­tion is open now, and the to­kens will start ap­pear­ing in The Press and Jour­nal on Novem­ber 19.

Last year, 140 or­gan­i­sa­tions took part and 1st Meth­lick Scout Group even­tu­ally drove off with the bus thanks to the 80 en­tries they sub­mit­ted.

The young­sters have al­ready been putting it to good use, hit­ting the road to try ac­tiv­i­ties fur­ther afield.

Keith He­witt, group Scout leader, said the bus has been a “won­der­ful as­set”.

“We’ve been all over the place,” he said. “To our sum­mer camp in In­ver­ness, and across Ab­erdeen­shire for raft races.

“The best thing for the kids is the sense of ca­ma­raderie that comes with the minibus. When­ever we travel some­where they are singing and chat­ting the en­tire way.

“It has given us the chance to take them fur­ther afield on out­door ad­ven­tures and has re­ally just been a won­der­ful as­set to the group.”

Ray Rid­doch, Nexen’s UK man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and se­nior vice-pres­i­dent for Eu­rope and Africa, urged peo­ple to get in­volved, ei­ther by reg­is­ter­ing, or help­ing their lo­cal group col­lect to­kens.

He said: “I think it’s hugely im­por­tant to give com­mu­nity groups a means of trans­port, es­pe­cially in a re­gion with such a va­ri­ety of city and ru­ral lo­ca­tions.

“Many of th­ese groups of­fer a valu­able ser­vice to peo­ple and Nexen knows that ev­ery one of the en­tries will be for a de­serv­ing cause, which makes this com­pe­ti­tion hugely ex­cit­ing and re­ward­ing to the very end.

“I’m proud that Nexen is com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing those or­gan­i­sa­tions and char­i­ties who re­ally make a dif­fer­ence to the place we live in.”

Regis­tra­tion for the 2019 com­pe­ti­tion is now open.

Once reg­is­tered, on­line en­trants can ac­cess a host of in­for­ma­tion to en­cour­age their com­mu­nity to help col­lect to­kens.

To­kens will ap­pear in the pa­per be­tween Novem­ber 19 and Fe­bru­ary 3.

All en­tries must be re­ceived by Fe­bru­ary 11. To find out more, visit www.pres­sand­jour­ uk/minibus/

PAST SUC­CESS: The 1st Meth­lick Scout Group were the lucky win­ners last year when they picked up the minibus keys af­ter mak­ing 80 en­tries to the com­pe­ti­tion

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