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Petrom and the Romanian Red Cross Award the Talented Pupils within the Disaster Preparedness Campaign

  • More than 3000 pupils from Dambovita, Arges and Prahova counties were involved in the Campaign initiated by Petrom and the Romanian Red Cross
  • The drawing contest having the subject “Disaster Preparedness” sets the final point of the pilot project of the campaign initiated by Petrom and the Romanian Red Cross
  • 54 winners of the contest were awarded by Petrom and Romanian Red Cross
  • Petrom and the Romanian Red Cross, with the support of the Counties School Inspectorates awarded 54 winners
  • The National Preparedness Campaign will go on in other counties exposed to risks

Petrom, the largest oil and gas producer in South-East Europe, and the Romanian Red Cross awarded 54 pupils in the school contest that had the theme “Disaster Preparedness”, and took place in 679 schools and high schools in from Dambovita, Arges and Prahova counties, on November 28 and which set the final point of the National Preparedness Campaign. The campaign will go on next year in other counties that are facing the risk of natural disasters.

More than 3000 pupils from elementary, gymnasium and high schools located in the areas where the campaign was developed, participated at the contest organized with the support of the Counties School Inspectorates.In October, the children made specific drawings describing the means of intervention in case of a disaster.

During the event, the CEO of Petrom, Mariana Gheorghe, and the General Manager of the Romanian Red Cross awarded prizes to 54 winners. The exhibition with the most interesting drawings sent by the children was also opened. These will be exposed to the Museum of History in Targoviste for two weeks.

“We were impressed by the way these children defined in simple lines and a few words, very tough and difficult situations, which can be yet avoided. We will carry on our efforts to inform and prepare the people in other counties in the country, because being safe and the protecting ourselves and our beloved is many times in our own hands and this thing must be understood by adults and, as well, by children”, Mariana Gheorghe stated.

Pupils` works were evaluated by a commission consisting in a representative from Emergency Situations Inspectorates, representatives of the local media, managers of Petrom subsidiaries and the Red Cross coordinator of the project in every subsidiary. The nine first place winners received PC-s. Second and third places were awarded with bicycles, knapsacks and hand watches. There have been awarded 27 mentions consisting in promotional materials.

The contest was set as a part of the National Preparedness Campaign, initiated by Petrom and Romanian Red Cross, a program which aims to develop a culture of the preparedness for the critical situations in the communities that are vulnerable to the natural disasters. The financing of this campaign worth 120.000 euros was fully provided by Petrom.

The partnership between Petrom and Romanian Red Cross started last year when Petrom had a substantial contribution to the humanitarian program developed by the Romanian Red Cross for helping the victims of the floods. Petrom financed 140 temporary shelters and offered materials for the first aid, in total value of 900.000 euro.

Background Information

Petrom is the largest Romanian oil and gas group, with activities in the business segments of Exploration and Production, Refining and Petrochemicals, Natural Gas, as well as Sales and Marketing. Petrom exploits estimated oil and gas reserves of 1 billion boe, an annual refining capacity of 8 million metric tons and around 550 filling stations in Romania. The company also has an international network with 82 filling stations located in Moldova and Hungary. This network was increased by 178 OMV premium stations in Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia-Montenegro, acquired in January 2006. In 2005 the turnover of Petrom was EUR 2,970 million, EBITDA was EUR 766 million. Following the share capital increase OMV, the leading oil and gas group in Central Europe holds a 51,011% share in Petrom. OMV is active in 13 Central European countries in its Refining and Marketing business segment and in 18 countries on five continents in Exploration and Production. The Romanian state holds 30.862% of Petrom shares, Property Fund SA holds 9,887%, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, 2.026% and 6.214% are owned by minority shareholders.

Romanian Red Cross

Romanian Red Cross is a nongovernmental national organization, based on the voluntariate, and it is member of the Red Cross International Movement since its creation in 1876. The Romanian Red Cross is managed according to the principals of Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntariate, Unity and Universality and it contributes to the relief and prevention of pain in all its forms, protects health and life, ensures the respect of the human dignity, making no discrimination of nationality, race, sex, religion, military, social or political belonging. Its main activity fields are: preparedness for intervention in case of disasters, intervention in case of disasters, health education, the spread of the international human right and of the humanitarian values.