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Quinta das Lapas, Portugal (2017) | Social Day at the Oiltanking Spring Meeting

120 Employees Refurbish a Center for People with Addictive Disorders

Colleagues freed a chapel from rampant weeds, cleared dense underwood from a basin, and set up a Zen garden
Colleagues freed a chapel from rampant
weeds, cleared dense underwood from a
basin, and set up a Zen garden

It is a cherished tradition for Oiltanking colleagues from terminals and offices around the world to meet once a year for the Spring Meeting. However, under this year’s heading “We Can, We Care,” the event was given a slightly different agenda. Instead of the usual half-day, the 120 participants had a whole day to participate in a social activity. On the second meeting day, participants went to the Dianova Portugal Association’s in Torres Vedras. This nongovernmental organization specializes in the treatment of addiction, as well as professional reintegration and social support for people with addictive disorders. It works to develop actions and programs that contribute to personal autonomy and social progress. Patients live on the premises and follow diverse programs. While the organization’s mission and focus is intact, its buildings are in disrepair. The venerable main building is in need of partial refurbishment, and the organization is always looking for financial support. Which is where Oiltanking enters the picture. A week before the meeting, nine new windows had already been installed, sponsored by Oiltanking. Now, the colleagues themselves were called on to get involved. Divided into several groups, some showed off their green thumbs by taking on gardening chores. Others exercised their culinary skills as part of the catering team in the kitchen, and other groups cleaned the yard or painted the front of the building and back doors as needed.

At the end of the day, our colleagues left with a sense of having jointly achieved something positive and made a valuable contribution to society. In the process, they got to know their colleagues better, shared experiences, and last but not least, had fun.