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Volunteers mountains

Sakhalin Energy supports island volunteer projects

In Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, volunteers who have undergone special training in various areas, from etiquette to first aid, work in the popular ski resort “Mountain Air”. They are a team, safety on the slopes is one of the main priorities for each of them. Corporate volunteers of the Sakhalin Energy oil and gas company help them in this: teaching, developing, sharing their experience.

Volunteers mountains

The number of visitors to the “Mountain Air” is growing every year not in arithmetic, but in geometrical progression. Among them are experienced skiers, lovers of winter sports and vacationers who, not striving for sports records, are happy to spend time on the mountain slopes. Therefore, security issues are becoming increasingly relevant.

“Since last year, Sakhalin Energy has provided financial and organizational support for the Mountain Volunteers project, which is the Mountain Air sports and tourism complex (STK),” says Anna Lygina, leading specialist of the company's social activities department. - Over the past winter season, he rallied around himself more than 70 people, mainly schoolchildren and students, from the age of 14 to 20 years. All of them underwent educational training before they began to take an active part in organizing and conducting both mass sports events and providing assistance to ski lovers on weekends and public holidays, when the influx of visitors is observed on the tracks of the tourist complex. Of course, this is done in conjunction with the staff of the complex. In addition, specialists from Sakhalin Energy, specifically for the Volunteers of the Mountain, held a seminar on the application of modern security techniques that have proven to be effective in the oil and gas industry.

The Memorandum of Intent on cooperation in the field of socio-economic development of the region in the framework of the GK Air project was signed by Oleg Kozhemyako, Chief Executive Officer of Sakhalin Energy and ex-Governor of the Sakhalin Oblast (now a candidate for the post of Governor of Primorye) . The document contains two areas that the company regards as key in the field of social investments - security and the development of community initiatives. The latter is all the more relevant as the Year of Volunteer is taking place in Russia now.

Already in October, Sakhalin Energy organized the conference “Volunteering: Present and Future. Development Prospects ”, in which some of the most famous experts in the field of the volunteer movement in Russia took part.


A separate session of the conference was devoted to sports volunteering. Representative of the resource center for the development of the volunteer movement “Mosvolonter” Oleg Dyachenko, who was responsible for organizing the work of volunteers during the World Cup, shared his experience in this area. In addition to him, Anna Shilova, Director of the All-Russian Adaptive Sport Implementation Program “Skiing the Dream”, as well as the head of the Sakhalin project “Street Sports School” Ivan Butakov, who helps shape the culture of street sports on Sakhalin, acted as experts.   

“If ugliness cannot be avoided, it must be headed,” says Ivan. - Scooters, rollers, BMX bikes are becoming more and more popular every year. It’s one thing when children are left to themselves, and it’s quite another when there’s a clear program, a base, and safety. People unite, take less experienced guys under their wing. Street culture is very democratic and open.

Everything is done on a voluntary basis, so all participants in the project “School of street sports” can be called volunteers. In the competition, in addition to the parents, the participants themselves are involved, as well as those who are close to street sports in spirit. Today, hundreds of children have rallied around the project, participating in competitions held not only in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, but also in other regions of the country.

Approximately on the same principle, a project of a much larger scale was born - “Skiing a Dream”. He combined people of different ages with developmental characteristics, mainly those suffering from autism, cerebral palsy and other diseases.

- Based on experience, skiing can dramatically change the lives of such people, teach them to move, to talk. The scale of the disaster, so that you understand, every sixth child in Russia is born with developmental features, ”says Anna Shilova, director of the“ Dream Skiing ”program.

Today, the program has already reached about six thousand people in the 28 regions of the country, where supervisors who start their activities on a voluntary basis work. At the same time attracting other enthusiasts who are also inspired by the idea to help special people see the world around them in a completely different way, being its active part. Physical well-being activities give a stunning result, which is based on a voluntary start. After all, everyone feels the need to help others. The main thing is to be able to properly manage this need, to become an organized, cohesive force.

In this context, the experience of Oleg Dyachenko, a representative of the state institution “Mosvolonter”, turned out to be useful. He spoke about the work of the resource center for the development of volunteering, created by the Moscow authorities.

- I was the head of the program “City volunteers of the World Cup” in Moscow. Preparing for the grand event was conducted 2,5 of the year. After all, it was necessary to conduct a selection, interview, training. There is an international standard and recommendations on how a volunteer program is organized. We familiarized ourselves with the experience of organizing various championships, Olympiads, in particular, which was held here in Sochi, as well as the Universiade in Kazan, developed our concept and made a comprehensive training program for sports volunteers in Moscow, - said Oleg Dyachenko in his presentation at the conference.

In 2017, in the capital, with the active participation of more than eight thousand Moscow volunteers, 130 bright events took place, including the FIFA 2017 Confederations Cup, the World Festival of Youth and Students. No key event in Moscow can be imagined without volunteer support.

The main thing that the Moscow expert, who has vast practical experience in the development of the volunteer movement, called for in the conclusion of his speech, should start attracting volunteers not when the event is scheduled for tomorrow, but much earlier.

In February of next year, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk will become the host city in holding the first international winter games “Children of Asia”. The event for the island region is downright historical, so preparation for it is serious. But the cooperation of the oil and gas company with the "Volunteers of the Mountain" is not sharpened for a specific event, even such a large-scale one. In the language of volunteers, temporarily means forever.  

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