Through its Shell Gas brand, Vivo Energy Uganda, the distributor of Shell fuels and lubricants in Uganda, has donated a fully installed cooking unit and piped gas to Bless a Child Foundation, a non-profit organisation that is committed to providing treatment and care for children living with cancer in Uganda.

The home provides shelter, food, education and care for the children while they receive their cancer treatment at the various treatment centres.

Bless a Child was identified by Shell Gas as the Tokosa Food Festival beneficiary partner and received donations including 10% of the event proceeds from Vivo Energy Uganda and extra cash donations from the event’s partners, including UGX 1,000,000 from Club Twist and Royco each, and UGX 2,000,000 from Vision Group.

In addition to the Shell Gas and cash donation, Vivo Energy staff also donated other items, including clothing, food and books, to the children.

Speaking during the handover ceremony, Vivo Energy MD Hans Paulsen said that Vivo Energy believes that the Foundation is a worthy cause whose day to day activities of nurturing the children will be enhanced with Shell Gas. “The essence of the Shell Gas brand is in igniting love every day. This resonates with our responsibility as members of the community to contribute towards initiatives like these to make life better for others. We therefore pledge to continue supporting Bless a Child Foundation in the future. We are honoured to bring the good times to the Bless a Child Foundation home” said Mr. Paulsen.

Mr Paulsen further noted that Vivo Energy is actively involved in community investment programmes where it operates, including donation of solar lamps to primary children in rural areas, creating road safety ambassadors in primary schools through road safety education as well as training boda boda riders, taxi drivers and bus drivers on road safety.

The children and staff of the foundation expressed extreme gratitude to Vivo Energy staff for this gesture.

Brian Walusimbi, Executive Director, of the Bless A Child Foundation said: “Vivo Energy has not only brought on board other partners for our home, but has donation cash, home items and ensured all our Shell gas needs are well catered for. This is received with utmost gratitude and will go a long way to improve life here at the home. We are immensely thankful.”

Notes to editors:

With a vision to become Africa’s most respected energy business Vivo Energy Uganda, the company that distributes and markets Shell-branded fuels and lubricants, was established in February 2013. The Shell brand has been in Uganda since 1953.

Vivo Energy Uganda has a fuels storage capacity of 18,297 m³ and 118 service stations, with many offering Shell Cards and convenience retail stores.

Vivo Energy Uganda employs 120 permanent employees. The company is recognised as a leader in the oil industry, championing and setting standards for safety.

Vivo Energy provides high quality solutions for motorists and businesses in Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mali, Mauritius, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Tunisia and Uganda. Its retail offering includes fuels, lubricants, card services, shops and other non-fuel services (e.g. oil change and car wash). For businesses it provides fuels, lubricants and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to business customers across a range of sectors including marine, mining, and manufacturing. Jet fuel is sold to customers at 23 airports though a partnership with Vitol Aviation.

The company employs around 2,300 people, operates over 1,600 retail service stations under the Shell brand and has access to approximately 900,000 cubic metres of fuel storage capacity. Shell and Vivo Lubricants has blending capacity of around 125,000 metric tonnes at plants in six countries (Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, and Tunisia) producing Shell branded lubricants.

Media Contact:

Cerinah Zalwango Tugume

Vivo Energy Uganda

Tel: +256 772 754001

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