As part of its environmental, social and governance manifesto – ‘Conscious Capital’ – the Capital International Group is supporting Hospice Isle of Man’s 2022 ‘Wild in Art’ fundraising campaign, The Big Splash, a discovery trail of dolphin sculptures strategically sited at landmark locations across the Island.
In addition to sponsoring a dolphin and its calf, named Perkin (the Manx word for dolphin) and Pomboo (the Swahili word for dolphin) respectively, the company will be responsible for overseeing the maintenance of all the sculptures, some 32 in total, over the summer.
To deliver the project, Capital has formed a Big Splash forum of seven employees, among whom are Minna Perup, Craig Dalton and Kim Quirk.
Minna Perup said: ‘The Big Splash is a good fit with Conscious Capital, so we set up a Big Splash forum earlier this year with the aim of engaging our colleagues in what we see as a very worthwhile project.’ She added: ‘At Capital our approach is to support a few carefully selected local causes in order to achieve a greater impact.’
Craig Dalton said: ‘Capital is committed to investing in and giving back to the community, as well as encouraging environmental responsibility. The ambition for Conscious Capital is for the Capital International Group to reduce the environmental impact of its activities and become carbon neutral by 2025, whilst also having a lasting positive impact in our communities.’ He continued: ‘We fully support the tremendous work Hospice is doing in the community. We’ve worked with them in the past so recognised immediately the tremendous fundraising potential The Big Splash would offer Hospice and the environmental, social and cultural value to the community.’
Kim Quirk said: ‘We were attracted to the diverse elements of The Big Splash. The campaign is a great way to encourage people to get out and connect with nature, discover more about their environment, appreciate public art and, crucially, to have fun.’
Local artist Eve Adams created the design for the Capital dolphin. Kim said: ‘We were keen to support local talent. Eve’s proposal really chimed with Capital’s drive for innovation and she’s been very accommodating throughout the creative process.’
Minna added: ‘There’s more to “our” dolphin than eye-catching design, though; visitors will discover there’s a strong interactive element to it as well.’
‘What’s great about The Big Splash is that as well as raising funds for Hospice, it’s raising the profile of the artists while, at the same time, promoting environmental awareness,’ said Craig, adding: ‘As a business Capital invests in the community, but the group is always keen for employees to buy into that support. With this in mind, Capital will also be looking after the sculptures, so we’ll be encouraging our colleagues to keep an eye on them, help with any maintenance and record any damage.’
Minna said: ‘We’re also encouraging colleagues to take part in the Isle of Man Arts Council’s Arts in the Arcade “Paint Your Own Dolphin” programme for which we’ll be holding competitions for staff members and their children.’
‘Capital’s support for The Big Splash isn’t about gaining PR exposure for the group,’ said Kim. ‘It’s about giving back and getting involved in a community project that can help to make a very real difference.’