Gentoo Group and Gentoo Homes, Gentoo’s house building division, has signed up to support the forthcoming Tall Ships Race 2018.
Ahead of the vessels docking at the Port of Sunderland in July, Gentoo has signed up as sponsors of the event, which is set to give some of its young customers the opportunity of a lifetime.
David Potter, 21 and Scott Collins, 24, Gentoo customers with tenancies in Sunderland, are being sponsored by Gentoo Group to participate in the Tall Ships Race Sail Trainee Programme, which will run alongside this summer’s big event.
Through the Sail Trainee Programme, David and Scott will learn how to work on a boat as part of a crew, whilst using the experience of being at sea as a wonderful way of learning about themselves and their crewmates.
By sailing on one of these majestic ships, they will have an almost unique opportunity to discover their own strengths and talents as well as those around them as they learn to appreciate the value of working as a team. David and Scott will all work as part of a crew on a tall ship racing from Sunderland to Esjberg in Denmark on a four day voyage.
Michelle Meldrum, Executive Director (Operations) at Gentoo Group, said: “Promoting arts and culture in Sunderland is something we take seriously and with more than 70,000 customers living in our properties and 1,200 employees, we can play a pivotal role in raising awareness of some of the fantastic events that are being held right across the city. It’s also hugely important for us as a Sunderland-based business to support such key initiatives in the city and we’re proud for Gentoo Group to be associated with the race.”
Anthony Lowther, Managing Director of Gentoo Homes, said: “It’s hugely important for us to support young people in Sunderland, helping to develop their career aspirations and fulfil their potential. We’re delighted to provide these young men with the opportunity to go on the adventure of a lifetime and we’re immensely proud of them for being so brave and willing.”
Head of Events for Sunderland City Council, Victoria French, said: “It is fantastic to see the support that local businesses such as Gentoo Group and Gentoo Homes are showing for the upcoming iconic event.
“The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018 will give many young people like David and Scott the chance to use their experience of being at sea as a wonderful way of finding out more about themselves as well as their crewmates. I’m certain that they will enjoy the challenges and rewards of this fantastic opportunity.”