A helping hand to achieve a dream

A helping hand to achieve a dream

We’re always on the lookout for dynamic young individuals who know what they want to achieve in life and reach for it with both hands. From school pupils to graduates and local engineers to worldwide professionals, we attract, train and retain the finest people who share our passion for success and talent for clever thinking.

With this in mind, we were delighted to sponsor 16-year-old Harrison Threadgold on his 50-mile kayak voyage from Oxford to Henley. This is impressive in itself, but it was the motive behind the challenge that impressed us the most. Harrison’s life goal is to work as a doctor of medicine; in order to get a head start and make a difference to people’s lives, he wants to volunteer through Ripple Africa, a charity that helps students to gain experience in the continent’s most poverty stricken areas. Based in Malawi, the volunteers will work with others to improve the education and healthcare for those who need it the most. To be accepted my Ripple Africa, Harrison had to raise £3,000, half of which goes directly to the charity, and the other half to cover his transport and basic accommodation over the three-week placement.

OSL’s sponsorship option resulted in the company logo being placed on the side of Harrison’s kayak. Having sported our logo fifty miles along the Thames, we’re delighted to announce that the last weekend in April saw him succeed in his challenge, and he’s now all set to travel to the village of Mwaya in July to improve the community’s standard of living.

Harrison said:

“Thank you very much for supporting my paddle from Oxford to Henley during what was probably the worst weather of the year. Being able to help people is something I am passionate about, and OSL’s sponsorship has gone a long way to help me achieve this.”

You’re very welcome, Harrison. Well done on your achievement and all the best in your voluntary work and future career.

For more information on Ripple Africa, please visit www.rippleafrica.org