Remshalden, 14 December 2020 – Klingele Paper & Packaging Group, headquartered in Remshalden near Stuttgart, Germany, is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2020 and launched the “100 years for each other” fundraiser – resulting in around €50,000 of donations to people and projects in Germany, the Netherlands, mainland Spain and the Canary Islands.
The plan was to support 100 projects in the company’s 100th anniversary year. it ended up being over 110 projects worth between €150 and €500 each. For this purpose, the packaging manufacturer’s employees submitted suggestions for fundraising projects from their personal lives, their clubs or non-profit organisations. Youth welfare, social matters, health, animal welfare, education and sports projects from a wide variety of fields were approved. Some examples are: a single parent unable to fund an urgently needed purchase; a club in need of support due to the Covid-19 crisis; an animal relief campaign; or jerseys and balls for a children’s football team – and all of that in locations as varied as East Frisia and Tenerife.
The Klingele Paper & Packaging Group therefore enabled its employees to do good in their local communities. The patron of the fundraising campaign is Fiona Klingele, the sister of Managing Partner Dr Jan Klingele. She is pleased about all the different ideas brought forward and the trust placed by employees in the Group’s management. “With the support of our employees we were maybe not able to move the world but definitively to help a lot of people. And I thank them for it with all my heart!”
Ludger Beische from our corrugated board plant in Werne warmly recommended Werne’s mobile hospice group. This group of volunteers gives time to the families of the critical and terminally ill. They help them with various tasks and are available for compassionate and empathathetic conversations. The hospice groups financial needs arise from maintaining office space, reimbursing travel expenses and PR, but also, in particular, from further training for its volunteers. “Training our volunteers is important, but unfortunately, good external workshops are expensive,” explains Annette Alfermann, who coordinates the hospice group. “What we also find important, especially at the moment, are small gifts of gratitude for our volunteers, who do a good job, despite Covid-19. Therefore, we see the donation as an appreciation of the work our team has been and is doing, and we are very happy about it.”
The project submitted by Karina Crespo Suarez from our Spanish subsidiary Ondunova chose a current cause; protection against the corona virus—, which was also approved. She lives in the city of Sitges in the Autonomous Communities of Catalonia. “On September 14th, schools reopened here, and in order to comply with the hygiene requirements, they had to be equipped with enough disinfectant. Our town didn’t have sufficient funds,” explains Karina Crespo Suarez. “Klingele’s donation of €250 in total made it possible to provide four schools and two institutes with disinfectant liquids and as well as refills. I’m very happy that my employer supports safe classrooms in my home town in that way.”