Local firm gives Kemnay pupils a helping hand

Kemnay Academy's Anna Duncan and Alex Knapper will swap the cold Scottish weather for the heat of Ecuador this summer. They were helped by a �1000 donation from Zenith Oilfield Technology and are pictured with Zenith's marketing co-ordinator Fiona Joss outside the company's Inverurie headquarters.
Kemnay Academy's Anna Duncan and Alex Knapper will swap the cold Scottish weather for the heat of Ecuador this summer. They were helped by a �1000 donation from Zenith Oilfield Technology and are pictured with Zenith's marketing co-ordinator Fiona Joss outside the company's Inverurie headquarters.

TWO school pupils are one step closer to securing a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Ecuador this summer, thanks to a substantial contribution from leading technology development company Zenith Oilfield Technology, a Lufkin company.

Aberdeenshire-based Zenith has donated £1,000 to Anna Duncan and Alex Knapper of Kemnay Academy. The money went towards the cost of a ceilidh, held at Kintore Hall on March 15, which raised around £2,500 towards the expedition in South America, where Zenith has strong ties.

The S5 pupils will spend three weeks in Ecuador, where they will head deep into the Amazon rainforest to meet a tribe of indigenous people called the Kichwa. The tribe has suffered terrible setbacks and environmental damage beyond their control in recent years.

Anna and Alex will be invited to join the community in rebuilding jungle paths and constructing new facilities, as well as learning about medicinal plants and local artisan crafts.

Alex said: “It will be a life-changing three weeks, but something like this does not come cheaply. As such, we have had to raise money to pay for the actual expedition itself, and for all the necessary equipment and medical supplies we will need over there.

“The money donated from Zenith has had a huge impact and covered the expenses of our ceilidh, enabling us to raise £2500 for our trip. We are absolutely delighted with that. The ceilidh was a great night, everybody enjoyed themselves and the dance floor was never empty!”

Greg Davie, general manager of Zenith, said: “Zenith Oilfield Technology has worked in Ecuador since the company was first established in 2004. Ecuador is a very important market for the company, with many of Zenith core artificial lift products and innovative new technologies going to the country over the years. The future continues to look very healthy for business in the country and Zenith has representation locally providing technical assistance and support.

“We wish Anna and Alex a fun and rewarding trip to this exciting region and we are proud to have been able to provide assistance in their journey. Hopefully they will come back inspired and we look forward to hearing the stories of their extraordinary expedition.”