We are committed to supporting the communities in which we operate. We offer support through charitable donations and by volunteering our time as a firm, in teams and as individuals. We encourage our teams to provide their time to support worthy causes and charities, offering days off to volunteer on an individual or team basis.
Many of our team actively support fundraising through personal challenges. We commit to giving their charitable efforts a boost with financial support, available to every employee in every jurisdiction who wants to help a local good cause.
Oak has been a sponsor of the Beau Sejour Barracudas Swimming Club in Guernsey since 2019 and is also proud to support the Beau Sejour Swim School.
The Barracudas are the Beau Sejour Swim School’s flagship competitive squad. Oak’s support ensures Swimming Club members can continue to compete at all levels in the sport including club, county, regional, national and international competitions.
Members receive their training under the banner of the Swim School while all aspects of competition and social activities are undertaken on a voluntary basis. There are currently 160 swimmers in the squad from eight years old to Masters and over 2,000 swimmers attend lessons with the Swim School each week.
Oak is a proud sponsor of the LTA Tennis Hub in St Clements, Jersey. The Tennis hub is a family-friendly, inclusive tennis environment which engages with local schools and the community, offering varied tennis programmes for all abilities and ages. Oak is pleased to support the programme which has a particular focus on encouraging children and young members of the community to access tennis in Jersey.
Our sponsorship includes a coaching programme targeting Year 2 children from schools across the Island. The coaches support teachers to implement tennis into the PE curriculum and Oak hosts mini tournaments where these new skills can be put to the test.
Oak supported the Tennis Hub’s activities as part of the Great British Tennis Weekend in 2019 and will continue to work with coaches to run ‘family day’ events. Another key initiative of Oak’s sponsorship of the Tennis Hub is to raise awareness of tennis and encourage GCSE level students to take part; in 2019 the coaches ran a Challenge Cup day for young adults.
The launch of a Summer Oak Corporate league and Oak Padel Tennis competition are just some of the other events Oak and the Tennis Hub host to promote tennis in the community.
We look forward to working with coaches Mark Gilmour and James Faudemer and hope to help many children and young people to access this wonderful game in the future.
Apart from the tennis programme, in 2020 Oak has sponsored the Jersey Netball Association’s Net ‘Ball’ celebrating young players in the island, with netball star Serena Guthrie MBE attending the event on 31 January as a special guest. Oak is also sponsoring the St John Ambulance "Be a Life-Saving Knight" competition launched on 24 June in celebration of St John's day and to raise awareness of the charity's work in Jersey.
Encouraging and allowing young people on the Island to access a sport is very important to our IOM directors. Oak currently sponsors the Isle of Man Under 18/Under14 Girls/Boys and Mixed hockey teams. This is a three year sponsorship commitment running from 2019 to 2021.
The Manx Hockey Association is very active in terms of growing the sport on the Island and encouraging young people to participate in a team sport with a view to compete at a higher level in the future. With hockey trips to the UK, this helps to develop the younger team players’ skills, playing at varying levels against quality UK opposition and helping to develop them in many ways, not only individually but also working as part of a team. This promotes the sport in a fun yet competitive way.
Aside from the Hockey sponsorship, Oak is also pleased to sponsor Isle of Man professional golfer, Tom Gandy. Tom has been working with Oak for a number of years and in 2019 he joined the PGA Challenge Tour.
Tom is also an ambassador for young people on the Island, showing what can be achieved with hard work and dedication. As part of a new joint initiative, Oak and Tom will be working with Ramsey Golf Club to develop a golf tournament for young people culminating in an Oak trophy.
Oak Malta plays a key role in motivating employees and supporting our commitment to initiatives and worthy causes through donations and paid leave for voluntary work.
Among the various activities carried out over the past few years was an employee visit to St Joseph Orphanage in Zabbar. Activities were organised for the children and daily chores involved in running the orphanage were carried out.
In May 2018, employees and management of Oak Malta teamed up with the Appogg Agency, a national agency promoting the well-being of children, families and community through the development of psycho-social welfare services, and organised fun-filled team building activities for young people aged between 16 and 20, which was a huge success.
Oak Malta regularly joins the Pink October movement to raise awareness of breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer globally and remains one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in both men and women over the age of 30 in Malta. It can be treated successfully if detected early enough and by raising awareness, the Pink October movement hopes to encourage more people to get more frequent screening.
In recent years, staff have organised fundraising events to support the Marigold Foundation which aims to empower people and organisations, working with them to raise standards, support initiatives and strengthen voices.
Oak Mauritius takes the opportunity to look at sponsorship by volunteering and helping in the community, for example, at the end of each year during the festive season to give back to the local community.
Employees have taken part in the Shoebox Gift campaign which benefitted around 50 young children of Ti Rayons Soleil, a registered NGO working on several educational and empowerment programmes across the Island. The gift boxes contained essential hygiene items gifted to each child.
Oak Mauritius also organised Christmas gifts for 50 children between the ages of three and five who attend Violet’s Pre-School. The school is semi-government funded but relies heavily on the assistance of volunteers from the community to sustain its activities and general provision for the children. The majority of children come from disadvantaged backgrounds in the surrounding villages. Oak Mauritius organised hampers of food, hygiene products and household goods for families identified by the Headmistress as most in need.
As part of both initiatives, Oak Mauritius also sponsored a Christmas party at which a number of employees volunteered.