Oryx GTL on Friday signed a five-year partnership agreement with Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) to sponsor Aspire’s pilot corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative for people with disabilities, Freestyle Aquatics.
The agreement was signed at AZF’s Headquarters by Aspire Logistics director general Abdulla Nasser al-Naemi, and Oryx GTL chief administration manager Mohamed al-Enazi in the presence of officials including Oryx GTL’s CSR co-ordinator Ibrahim al-Kuwari.
The support that Oryx GTL provides to this unique CSR programme will benefit more than 27 participants with special needs, aged five and above. They will be given customised swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving experiences and individualised training sessions.
Al-Naemi said Aspire Logistics is thrilled to partner with Oryx GTL.
“The business’ involvement reflects how national organisations are keen to integrate people with special needs into society, and to break down perceptions that sports are to be enjoyed exclusively by a particular group of people,” Al-Naemi said.
"The programme has delivered more than 850 hours of aquatic training since it was launched in 2016, and we are enormously grateful for the tremendous efforts of our volunteer coaches who have generously contributed their time. We are committed to expanding the programme and including greater numbers of participants.”
Al-Enazi said Oryx GTL, through CSR aims to contribute to different sectors of the economy including sports, education and health.
“It is a great honour to join forces with AZF to support this unique initiative by sponsoring it for five years.”
Freestyle Aquatics at Aspire is part of AZF’s CSR programme and builds on its existing efforts to provide people with disabilities with a wide range of opportunities to participate in sporting activity throughout the year.
The initiative started in November 2016 when AZF opened its indoor pool in Aspire Dome, the largest multi-purpose facility of its kind in the world. It was co-founded by Kathleen Bates and Jojo Musa, two volunteer coaches from Freestyle Aquatics. Having Aspire as such a central pillar of the programme has encouraged increasing numbers of families to register since launch.