The walk / run follows the Aviemore Circular. Scale AQ and Inverlussa will donate £5 to the RNLI for each person who takes part.

Stepping out to support the RNLI

Visitors to Aquaculture UK invited to join pre-show walk / run to raise cash for lifeboat charity

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The recently established networking group Young Aquaculture Society is teaming up with fish farming equipment supplier Scale AQ and Mull-based boat services company Inverlussa to raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) at Aquaculture UK in Aviemore next week.

YAS and the companies are organising a community fun run / walk-and-talk event that will take participants along the beautiful 6 km (3.7 mile) Aviemore Circular. The walk / run starts at 8.30am on May 15 from Grampian Road next to ‘the Vault’ (look for the YAS flag), and everyone is welcome.

Scale AQ and Inverlussa will be donating £5 each to the RNLI for every walker/runner who takes part.

“The RNLI are a brilliant maritime cause; an institution that provide an excellent service for the women and men who work and interact with the seas around the UK,” said Graham Smith, Scale AQ general manager UK.

Graham Smith: "The RNLI are a brilliant maritime cause."

It was Scale AQ that approached YAS about a combined effort to get the most from Aquaculture UK, and the networking organisation for young professionals in the sector has seized the opportunity.

YAS will be part of Scale AQ’s stand (A30) throughout Aquaculture UK, providing the organisation with visibility and a space to meet and share its message.

“A company like Scale AQ reaching out to YAS in our infancy to support us was both incredibly exciting and quite humbling. It’s a demonstration that the industry is willing to support new ideas and new people,” said YAS vice president Robert Stewart.

Young Fish

Scale AQ is a Norwegian company with a global reach, and several of its staff are members or former members of the Norwegian counterpart to YAS, Young Fish.

“Young Fish is a great resource for both young people in Norway, and the Norwegian sector – I loved my time there. We are excited at the prospect of a similar initiative launching in the UK to support talent development,” said Connor Foster, sea-based special advisor for Scale AQ.

Aquaculture UK is a big event for YAS, with its official launch event happening alongside the annual general meeting of trade body Salmon Scotland next Tuesday. Despite having 130-plus members and more than 1,500 followers on LinkedIn, Aquaculture UK will be YAS’ first official event.