Boeing to contribute more than £12,000 to Outfit Moray’s Activ8 programme for young people
- Boeing and Outfit Moray in partnership to provide outdoor learning and adventure for school children
- Outfit Moray supports over 1,000 young people every year in Moray and surrounding areas
LOSSIEMOUTH, February 27, 2020 - Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced a contribution of more than £12,000 to Outfit Moray’s Activ8 programme, which has been supporting young people in Moray areas since 2003 by providing adventure learning programmes in and after school hours, and during school holidays.
The first of its kind in Moray, the charity launched in response to a growing demand for services for vulnerable and disadvantaged young people living in the local area. Most of the charity’s sessions are majority-funded by partners to make them as accessible as possible.
Outfit Moray delivers over 100 Activ8 sessions every year, including Easter, summer and autumn holiday programmes, and are attended by nearly 700 local children. The Activ8 programme is designed for young people but also supports families and schools with the aim of widely encouraging them to experience what is on offer in their local natural environment and trying new activities such as rock climbing, mountain biking and kayaking.
Boeing’s contribution to the Activ8 programme will enable Outfit Moray to continue providing these activities with the aim of reaching additional young people in the local area, introducing them to new skills, building their confidence and integrating them into the wider community.
“This support from Boeing is vital to help us bring the life-changing benefits of outdoor learning and adventure to young people who might otherwise not have the opportunity“, said Tony Brown MBE, CEO at Outfit Moray. He added,“Against a backdrop of limited transport connections, reduced local funding and limitations on broadband connectivity, Outfit Moray is giving young people challenging and enjoyable experiences that are designed to meet their specific needs and help improve their quality of life. The Activ8 programme will benefit young people of all backgrounds, including many who are from military families and living in the local area.“
This grant to Outfit Moray is part of Boeing’s 2019 global charitable grants donation totaling more than £36 million ($48 million). The grants, part of the Boeing Global Engagement portfolio, support 404 charitable organisations in 50 countries, funding programmes into 2020 and beyond. In the UK, Boeing donates more than £450,000 each year to a variety of local, regional and national charities, and this year’s Charity of the Year is SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity. One of Boeing’s community investment focus pillars is Our Future; initiatives that help young people achieve their potential through educational enrichment and support programmes.
“Knowing that young people who live in rural areas often face social isolation, it is important for us to support increased access to outdoor learning opportunities and activities for those living in Morayshire,” said Sir Martin Donnelly, president of Boeing Europe and managing director of Boeing UK and Ireland. “I'm proud that we are supporting Outfit Moray and the critical work that it does to offer young people the chance to develop life skills and form strong connections with their local community and natural surroundings.“
Douglas Ross, MP for Moray, commented: “I’m delighted to see Boeing supporting the important work of Outfit Moray, which encourages our young people to learn about the importance of the outdoors and develop their skills for the future. This substantial donation demonstrates Boeing’s wider commitment to the Moray community to help boost the local economy and skills sector.“
Richard Lochhead, SNP member for Moray added, “Outfit Moray do fantastic work and the Activ8 programme provides amazing opportunities for Moray’s young people to enjoy time together outdoors. It’s really great to see Boeing getting behind local causes and the community so quickly and so generously.“
The charitable contribution builds on the joint investment Boeing has made with the MOD at RAF Lossiemouth for the construction of a £100 million Strategic Facility, which will be the future home of the RAF’s P-8A Poseidon aircraft fleet, creating more than 200 jobs. The Strategic Facility will hold three aircraft at a time and consists of a maintenance hangar, squadron accommodation, training and mission support facilities.
Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading provider of commercial airplanes, defence, space and security systems, and global services. The company supports commercial and government customers in more than 150 countries. Boeing employs more than 150,000 people worldwide and leverages the talents of a global supplier base. Boeing has a growing UK workforce of 2,500 direct employees across the country and spends £2 billion a year in the UK supply chain. In 2018 Boeing opened its first European manufacturing facility in Sheffield. A full list of Boeing UK's community partners can be found here.
About Outfit Moray
Outfit Moray is a registered charity based in Lossiemouth, Moray. It began in 2003 as part of the Elgin Youth Development Group, subsequently becoming independent in January 2006 and aims to make a difference to the lives of others by actively developing the potential of young people, their families and communities, through accessible and affordable outdoor learning and adventure: encouraging life skills and improving physical and mental health. We run both one-off and longer-term programmes, sometimes working with the same young people over a number of weeks or months. Activities include rock climbing and abseiling, team games, mountain biking, overnight expeditions, canoeing, kayaking and archery. For more information, please visit www.outfitmoray.com