GEA Air Treatment supports "Oasis" project for latchkey children with 6,000 euros
21. December 2010 Employees donate annual bonus to support local benefit society for children and adolescents
Herne, Germany, December 21, 2010 – A lot can be done with 40 euros: go out to eat with your spouse or companion, buy a Christmas gift, or finance countless warm meals for children and adolescents. Employees of GEA Air Treatment GmbH in Herne chose the latter way to spend their annual bonus, pooling a total of 6,000 euros on behalf of an non-profit organization (Oase - Mittagstisch und mehr ... e.V.) which provides midday meals to needy children.
René van Rijsewijk, CEO of GEA Air Treatment, spoke at the occasion of presenting the donation on December 21: "The fact that our team renounced their annual bonus and donated the money to the Herne charity is not only unselfish, but also reveals the strong bond between the workforce and the location of our company site. This is a double cause for joy for me."
To be precise, the GEA employees are supporting two oases: the charitable association offers children and adolescents aged six to sixteen the opportunity of enjoying a warm meal and joint activities in the communal rooms of the Zion Church and the Herz-Jesu Church on three work days. The diverse offerings include handicrafts, billiards, basketball, soccer, ping pong, and much more. Nobody needs to be bored of an afternoon here. "Latchkey children" whose parents are not home during the day also find someone here to help them with their homework or simply to speak with about their problems.
"The members of the association and all voluntary helpers of the 'Oasis' project have recognized the problems of many families and the need for help," says van Rijsewijk. "Single mothers, for example, often have no alternative other than to leave their children alone in the afternoon, since all-day schools or a consistent afternoon care service are not nearly as widespread in the German school system as in many neighboring European countries. The Oasis program in Herne fills this gap and integrates children and adolescents into a community.
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