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 causes and charities, offering days off to volunteer on an individual or team basis, to help local good causes.
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 is the new sponsor of the Beau Sejour Barracudas Swimming Club in Guernsey and is also proud to be supporting the Beau Sejour Swim School.
Oak’s support ensures that Barracuda members can continue to compete at all levels in the sport including club, county, regional, national and international competitions.
The Barracudas are the Beau Sejour Swim School’s flagship competitive squad. The Barracudas receive their training under the banner of the Beau Sejour 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 8 years old to Masters and over 2000 swimmers attend lessons with the Swim School each week.
As part of the sponsorship, Oak’s branding has been included in a full revamp of the Barracuda’s and the Swim School’s kit - strengthening their identities.
Oak is embarking on its first year by supporting 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 proud to support the programme which has a particular focus on encouraging children and young people to access tennis in Jersey.
The sponsorship includes a school coaching programme targeting Year 2 children from schools across the island. The coaches will support teachers to implement tennis into the PE curriculum and Oak will host a mini tournament during June 2019 where these new skills can be put to the test!
Oak will also support the Tennis Hub’s activities as part of the Great British Tennis Weekend in April 2019 and will work with the coaches to run ‘family day’ events. Another key initiative for Oak is to raise awareness of tennis and encourage GCSE aged students to take part. In May/June 2019 the coaches will run a Challenge Team 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 are hosting to promote tennis in our local community. Oak is looking forward to working with the coaches Mark Gilmour and James Faudemere and hope to help many children and young people to access to this wonderful game during 2019.
Oak Group (IOM) is very excited to announce its sponsorship of the Isle of Man Under 18/Under14 Girls/Boys and Mixed hockey teams. This is the first year of a 3 year sponsorship deal. Encouraging young people to access a sport on the Island is very important to our Isle of Man Directors.
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 competing at an elite level in the future. With hockey trips off Island to the UK this helps to develop the younger team players skills, playing at many different levels against quality UK opposition and helping to develop them in many ways, not only individually but also working as part of a team. It promotes the sport in a fun but also competitive way.
Aside to the Hockey sponsorship. Oak are also pleased to assist the Isle of Man Professional golfer, Tom Gandy. Tom has been working with Oak for a number of years whilst he pursued his dream of joining the PGA tour. In 2019 Tom progressed to the next level in that road to success, the Challenge tour. Oak, the directors and staff are pleased to announce their continued support of Tom on his road to success. Actively following his tournaments, encouraging him every step of the way and looking forward to his next podium win.
Tom is also an ambassador for young people on the Island, showing what can be achieved with hard work and dedication. Over 2020 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 during the past few years employees visited St Joseph Orphanage in Zabbar. Fun and educational activities were organised for the children and daily chores involved in running the orphanage were carried out.
In May 2018 employees and management at 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 in the fight against breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer globally and is one of the leading causes of cancer related deaths in 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 women to get more frequent screening. In recent years, staff have organised fundraising events to support the Marigold Foundation which aims to empower people, organisations and NGOs and work with them to raise standards, support initiatives and strengthen voices.
Oak Mauritius takes the opportunity at the end of each year during the festive season to give back to the community around them.
In December 2017 employees took part in the Shoebox Gift campaign which benefitted around young 50 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 gifts appropriate to the age of each child.
Employees organised gifts for 50 children between three and five years old who attend Violet’s Pre-School for Christmas 2018. The school is semi-government funded but relies heavily on the assistance from 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 so Oak 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 also sponsored a Christmas party. A number of employees volunteered, good food was provided and Santa Claus made an appearance to give out presents to all the children.