A BLAIRHALL dad has said his environmental work which has seen him nominated for a top award at Dunfermline's Amazon centre is inspired by his young daughter.

Oliver Forizs works as a sustainability ambassador at the Dunfermline fulfilment centre and has been nominated by his colleagues for a national Amazon Stars award due to his efforts in the local community.

Amazon Stars, now in its fourth year, is a UK-wide Amazon campaign that recognises and rewards Amazon employees who go above and beyond for their local community by using their skills, time and passion to help others.

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Oliver, who joined Amazon in 2020, is a passionate supporter of the Dunfermline community, taking part in many fundraising and volunteering campaigns in his spare time over the last three years.

Fellow workers nominated him for the accolade because of his passion for environmental and sustainability change. He recently held an event at the centre in conjunction with his favourite environmentalist charity, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

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“As a sustainability ambassador, I try to find ways to extend our work to the community around us," explained Oliver. "Having organised several events, I proposed establishing a partnership with WWF, an organisation I deeply admire for its incredible environmental efforts.

"My managers were enthusiastic about the idea and encouraged me to reach out to the charity, which shared our enthusiasm. Together, we successfully forged a partnership and brought the collaboration to life."

The event, which took place in September, included a Wear it Wild dress up theme, a half hour movie with the WWF’s own footage about the marine environment around and a raffle.

Oliver continued: "It was all for WWF’s great cause to build a future in which people live in harmony with nature. The event raised almost £1,000 and engaged more than 150 Amazon employees.

“The day was a tremendous success, and our team couldn't be more thrilled. We not only hit our target but exceeded it, raising more funds than we initially hoped.

"The event was filled with enthusiasm, inspiring speakers, and wonderful people who are as passionate about the cause as we are. The support from our colleagues at Amazon was great and everyone was really interested and engaged.”

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Oliver is passionate about sustainability as he knows future generations should be considered in daily actions.

“The easiest explanation I can give for why I care so much about the environment comes straight from the definition of sustainability," he said.

"We must arrange our daily life to keep in mind future generations. My present is my daughter’s future, and I want to extend this idea to a bigger scale.

"My daughter Elizabeth inspires me to make the world a better place, and I am passionate about showing people around me that sustainability is not just about us, it is about future generations.”

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Amazon General Manager, Jamie Strain, added: “At Amazon, we’re passionate about positively impacting the communities we serve, and Oliver embodies that ethos.

"Amazon Stars is one of the ways that we shine a light on the achievements of our team, giving us an opportunity to celebrate the positive contribution that our employees make to local communities around the UK.

"Oliver goes above and beyond to support our community and everyone at Amazon in Dunfermline is proud that he has been nominated for this fantastic award.”

Oliver is now in with a chance of winning one of two Dream Boxes, the top prize awarded as part of the Amazon Stars campaign.

A Dream Box, worth £1,500, is a personalised prize to honour Amazon’s top two community heroes in the UK.