On the eve of the New Year holidays, as part of Hurry up for Good Deeds corporate charitable programme, the Company’s employees continue their tradition of congratulating children from Sakhalin oblast social and rehabilitation centres. Eight teams of Company employees, disguised as Father Frost, Snow Maiden (Snegurochka) and elves, visited children with disabilities to give gifts they have dreamed of for a long time.
175 children from social and rehabilitation centres in Kirovskoye (Tymovsk District), Smirnykh, Makarov and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk will receive their gifts within the New Year Miracles corporate charitable event. The gifts will be sent to the Sakhalin districts soon.
Each child conveyed his/her cherished wish in a letter to Father Frost - and all the wishes come true. They dreamed of getting dolls, R/C cars, bicycles, mini home gyms, skates and skateboards. Some of them were eager to receive a diamond puzzle, a teddy bear or a house for pony, and for another a construction kit, a cell phone or a tablet was the best present in the world.
Anna Nekrasova (Snow Maiden), the Company’s volunteer, said: “It is of great importance to give children a sense of belief in magic and to give them a hope for the future. When you look into the children’s eyes and see a boundless feeling of gratitude, there is an interchange of energy at an unseen level. It empowers and I have been participating in such events for several years for the sake of this.”
Any employee of Sakhalin Energy could help to make the children’s desires to come true: to buy a gift for a child, sign a card or become a part of congratulatory team - drivers, photographers and other assistants, in addition to Fathers Frost and Snow Maidens, are also needed to deliver gifts.
26 volunteers joined the mobile wizard teams this year. They all attended the Academy of Father Frost and Snow Maiden to discuss organisational issues of offering congratulations and receive a psychologist’s recommendations on communicating with special children. This is because one child may react in a happy and calm way when receiving a gift from a wizard and his team, while another may get very scared when a stranger appears. In addition, master classes and experience sharing sessions were held by experienced members of the teams who have been involved in charity for many years.
Head of Sakhalin Energy’s Social Performance Subdivision Tatyana Derivedmid noted that volunteering is one of the ways to implement a corporate social responsibility to increase opportunities and a number of charity programmes, as well as to team up the employees. “It is through our joint efforts that we help special children and their parents to believe in themselves and their capacities,” Tatyana added.
23 December 2019