Engineering graduates unveil Deeside tour in aid of charity

FOUR Total E&P UK Limited graduates unveiled Le Tour de Deeside recently, a fundraiser in aid of VSA’s Easter Anguston Farm, a Peterculter-based visitor attraction that offers training and support to adults with learning difficulties.

Easter Anguston Farm, run by VSA, the UK’s largest city social care charity supporting people in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, will benefit from the takings at an adult and family cycle event on Sunday 30 September 2012.

Graduate engineers Louise Reid (25), from Aberdeen, Jamie Kirkwood (25), from Fraserburgh, Steven Grzywa (26), from Portlethen and Drew Annand (26), from Brechin organised and hosted the event for TEP UK employees, family and friends to mark the end of their graduate scheme.

Le Tour de Deeside will comprise a team cycle race along the Deeside Way, with integrated Olympic-themed challenges.

Louise Reid, graduate process engineer at Total, said: “VSA stood out to us because we knew the money we raised would make a difference close to home.

“We wanted to see the results. It had to be a project we’d be interested in as young adults and a story people attending our event could identify with. Easter Anguston Farm fits the bill perfectly.

“We’ll physically see our funds in use and can push the project on by donating our own time.

“I’m so excited to be part of this. I can’t wait to meet the service users and understand what the farm means to them.

“Knowing our efforts will directly benefit them is a real motivator. I want to raise awareness of VSA within TEP UK and inspire others to follow in our footsteps.”

Le Tour de Deeside will take place on Sunday, December 30, with staggered start times from 12 noon, which will be given before the event.

Teams will register at the Robert Gordon University (RGU) Business School, Garthdee.

The team with the most points combined from route length and challenges completed will win the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed.