Emo Takes an Increasingly Active Role in the Community

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Emo is Northern Ireland’s leading oil company – but away from core business it is taking an increasingly important role in community activity.

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“As Principal Sponsor, we don’t take for granted the privilege of working with some of the most creative and artistic talents in the country: which in turn injects an energy into our own business.

Emo is Northern Ireland’s leading oil company – but away from core business it is taking an increasingly important role in community activity.

The company announced last November that it had become Principal Sponsor of the famous Grand Opera House in Belfast.

During the following run of the pantomime Snow White, Emo gave theatregoers the chance to win 500 litres of home heating oil every week for seven weeks... with the draw for the lucky winners made by the inimitable May McFettridge.

Barry Funston, Emo sales and marketing director, says: “As Northern Ireland’s leading home heating supplier, we have found the Grand Opera House an ideal partner, because it shares so many of the qualities that we at Emo value: not least innovation, diversity and creativity.

“Our partnership with the theatre has injected an energy and creativity into our own staff, customers and business, and we have exciting plans to develop and grow our partnership in the future, combining our resources to generate exciting joint initiatives for the local community.

“As Principal Sponsor, we don’t take for granted the privilege of working with some of the most creative and artistic talents in the country: which in turn injects an energy into our own business.

“Our staff and customers have expressed delight in this timely and mutually beneficial partnership - evidence of the high regard in which the Grand Opera House is held.

“Despite the severity of the winter soon coming to an end (we hope), we at Emo Oil have continued to keep homes warm throughout Northern Ireland, and the Grand Opera House has also committed wholeheartedly to ‘warming’ many seats for its excellent programme of shows and events.”

SPORTING CHANCE

Emo’s community activity also includes encouraging young sports stars of the future through the Emo Sports Awards, organised in partnership with the Mary Peters Trust and promoted in the Belfast Telegraph.

The latest winner is 16-year-old Caroline Black from Lisburn. She was one of the youngest badminton competitors in the Delhi Games last October, but had two victories before losing in the last 16 to India’s Saina Nehwal, then ranked three in the world.
Friends School student Caroline said: “Delhi was a tremendous experience. The heat outside was overpowering, but thankfully there was air conditioning in the hall.

“Playing against someone as good as Saina made me realise that I have a lot of work to do to improve.”

The Alpha club member is being guided on the road to improvement by Ulster high performance coach Tom Causer.

Many tournaments lie ahead, but the event uppermost in Caroline’s mind will be in July/August 2014... the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

  •     The Emo Sports Awards in partnership with the Mary Peters Trust are open to young sportsmen and women from the age of 12. You can nominate yourself or apply through a parent, coach, club or governing body. Each month’s £400 winner will be featured in the Belfast Telegraph.
  •     Full details from governing bodies or on the trust website: marypeterstrust.org

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