Items that have become part of sporting history came under the hammer in the Aggreko auction of sporting memorabilia, an event held annually to raise funds for children with special needs.
Prized items at the auction hosted by Aggreko, global leader in providing temporary power generation and temperature control services, included a signed shirt worn by legendary rugby player Martin Johnson, England’s 2003 World Cup winning captain and a round of golf in South Africa with Francois Pienaar, who led South Africa to its World Cup win in 1995. Other items included a cap, shirt and putter signed by Henrik Stenson, who sank the winning putt in this year’s Ryder Cup, New Zealand and Welsh signed shirts and three pairs of Six Nations tickets.
“Over AED 90,000 was raised through the auction”, announced Julian Ford, Marketing & Business Development Director, Aggreko. “The funds are to be equally shared between three local charitable organisations. Senses in Dubai, Manzil in Sharjah and Special Care Centre in Abu Dhabi, who all work for children with special needs, are the beneficiaries of the auction and we are extremely pleased to be able to support their work,” he said.
This is the second year that the charity auction was held; the 2005 auction succeeded in raising a total of AED80,000, which was donated along with a further AED 73,000 raised through the Aggreko 2005 POWERkart for Charity Challenge.
Ford added “The annual auction in Dubai is part of continual efforts by the company to positively contribute to communities in which Aggreko operates. In Uganda Aggreko’s role in the community includes sponsorship of the Kyadondo Rugby Club, to encourage sport amongst young people in Kampala, and we support of Hope Clinic Lukuli, an NGO engaged in providing key health services to the community. In Sri Lanka Aggreko supports the Jaffna Hospice.”
The three UAE organisations will be using funds from the auction to support their day-to-day functioning and the purchase of special equipment. Said Sandi Saksena, Head-fund raising and Permanent Trustee – Manzil: “When people think of Dubai and the UAE, wealth and luxury is what comes to mind. Yet there exists a world of many individuals who have slipped through the cracks, and who require the support of the community to help them learn the skills that most of us take for granted.
“Manzil, which has been in operation for just two years now, has a waiting list. The majority of those families seeking to have their children at Manzil cannot afford the basic fee. The efforts of Aggreko and all those involved in this project are truly appreciated,” she said.
Aggreko plc is the global leader in the rental of power, temperature control and oil-free compressed air systems. We help customers in many different industries to improve and safeguard their operations by solving problems, creating opportunities and reducing risk. Aggreko provides 24/7 availability and service support with more than 2,500 employees operating from over 100 locations in 28 countries. In 2006, we served customers in 80 countries, and had revenues of approximately £500m. Aggreko plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (AGK.L) and headquartered in Scotland. For more information, please access the company website at http://www.aggreko.com.
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