Businesses in the Borders are being tasked with getting creative to raise money for international water projects as part of the 2015 Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) Awards.
The environmental award scheme has partnered with WaterAid for a second year and is challenging local businesses to raise funds that will help create sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene projects in some of the world’s poorest countries.
Last year’s entries included a sponsored sail, bungee jumping, numerous sporting activities and a quiz night, and VIBES is once again urging Scottish companies to create waves in order to raise funds for an important cause.
In 2014/15, WaterAid reached 2.1m people with safe water, 3.1m people with sanitation and an estimated 4.1m people with hygiene promotion. Just £15 can give one person access to safe water and this year VIBES is hoping to raise over £10,000 to support global projects in some of the most disadvantaged areas.
Teams can comprise of individuals, departments within companies or businesses as a whole. Entries are sought from the widest possible range of sectors and from companies both large and small.
Gillian Bruce, chair of the VIBES Awards, commented: “We’re thrilled to be supporting WaterAid once again. The Ripple Effect Challenge is a great way for businesses to have fun while supporting a very worthwhile cause. This year we hope to raise over £10,000 and we would encourage as many businesses as possible to help us achieve this.”
Helen Anderson, head of WaterAid Scotland and Northern Ireland, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be involved with the VIBES Awards 2015. The business community in Scotland are fantastically generous and we look forward to them taking up The Ripple Effect Challenge and helping us transform the lives of some of the world’s poorest communities, with access to safe water and toilets.”
The winning team will not only have their inventiveness recognised at the VIBES Awards ceremony in Edinburgh on 26th November, but their commitment to issues facing the wider world will also be honoured by the presentation of a uniquely designed VIBES 2015 glass trophy to team representatives. The ceremony at the Sheraton Edinburgh Hotel is a great opportunity to network with environmentally minded businesses in Scotland.
Businesses who would like to participate in the challenge should register their interest at firstname.lastname@example.org. They will then receive an application form and fundraising support pack. Completed VIBES Awards Ripple Effect entry forms must be submitted no later than 5pm 20th November 2015.