Many Dr. Oetker employees work for the common good in their free time by doing volunteer work.
Dr. Oetker employees play an important role in maintaining the intensive partnership with SOS-Kinderdorf e.V. (Childrens Villages) that Dr. Oetker has since 2008. As of now, more than 20 Dr. Oetker regional companies have entered into partnerships with SOS Children's Villages to provide support while realizing various projects. Because we achieve more in partnership.
At all German company locations, our employees have the opportunity to apply for funding for charitable projects through the "Hand in Hand fürs Ehrenamt” (Hand in Hand for Volunteering) program.
Dr. Christian von Twickel, sponsor of the “Hand in Hand fürs Ehrenamt” program, Member of the Management Board for Production, Logistics, Environment, Research & Development, Compliance and Sustainability.
The non-profit projects that are funded by "Hand in Hand fürs Ehrenamt" are in a wide variety of areas: Culture, sport/exercise, nutrition, society, education or animal welfare. The following selected projects, which have already been funded by the company, illustrate this diversity:
While the first event of the Wittenburger Mühlenlauf took place with almost 50 participants in 1989, a total of 851 running enthusiasts took part in the 31st Mühlenlauf 2019 – for the Wittenburg Gymnastics and Sports Association this run was the most successful in the club's history and the sporting event of the year that even attracted athletes from the neighboring federal states.
Age knew no limits here: The youngest participant started at just three years of age, accompanied by her parents, and the oldest participant was 87 years old. Around 20 Dr. Oetker employees (see photo) also took part in the event. All participants received small prizes for their sporting achievements.
The Hand in Hand donation went into the electronic timing and evaluation of the results.
Competitions can also be fought out with shuttlecocks. Badminton enthusiasts proved this for the 50th time in two Bielefeld sports halls at the Ostwestfalenpokal Cup 2019. The main focus of the tournament was on having fun in sport and exercise and on promoting badminton in Ostwestfalen-Lippe.
The Ostwestfalenpokal Cup covers four performance classes (from hobby players to 2nd Bundesliga level) and different age groups. On the two match days, the participants played games in men's singles, women singles and mixed doubles. The most successful club received the Ostwestfalenpokal as a challenge cup. The Hand in Hand donation was used to finance the trophies and honorary prizes, as well as catering for the tournament participants.
Can Santa Claus actually swim? The Santa Clauses of the DLRG local group Bielefeld certainly can. For the past 25 years they have traditionally held the so-called St. Nicholas competition on the first Saturday after St. Nicholas day. Six different age groups take part in team and individual swimming and compete against each other in the respective group. About 200 participants were there on the day of the competition – the youngest swimmers were only four, the oldest 54 years old. They completed several disciplines which tested their speed, rescue, diving and teamwork capabilities. As always, however, the highlight was the St. Nicholas discipline, in which the participants perform a different fun task every year. Every swimmer wears a Santa Claus hat and the aim is not to lose it if at all possible! The aim of the project is to arouse enthusiasm for swimming, especially among children and young people, and to strengthen the swimmers' sense of community. The Hand in Hand donation was used to purchase medals and trophies.
Baseball has only really been an established sport in Germany since the early 1980s. One can no longer imagine the Herford holiday games of the Evangelical Free Church Community without it. For the fifth time, the organizers were able to host a baseball camp at the Jahn Stadium, which gave over 200 children a special holiday week. 39 Texans came to Herford at their own expense to train the children and young people between the ages of eight and 18, to instill team spirit and strengthen their personalities. There were also around 160 volunteers from the parish and the parents to help out, among other things as accommodation providers, supply staff, to provide organization and medical services.
The targeted invitation of children from socially disadvantaged backgrounds was gladly accepted and financially supported, among other things by the contribution from Hand in Hand, which enabled lower participation fees.
The emergency number 112 is probably the most important telephone number. It is valid throughout Europe and can be reached 24 hours a day. Therefore, the 112th anniversary of the volunteer fire brigade was the occasion for a multi-day anniversary celebration for the volunteer firefighters from the Kindel area of Kinheim. The 112th birthday was celebrated in a marquee on the banks of the Moselle in Kinheim. In addition to many festive activities there were also fire brigade competitions for the neighboring and friendly fire brigades. The potential fire brigade junior staff also had plenty of fun: Youth games and a parallel vehicle and equipment exhibition with exercise presentations guaranteed a good atmosphere.
The Hand in Hand donation was used to provide background music for the festival.
Children love to play and romp around and by doing so they continue their development every day. They prefer to do so outside – and defy wind and weather. A balancing and obstacle course was therefore built in the Zwergenparadies day care center in Dodow. The aim is to encourage the children's personal development through exercise. Every two weeks there is an afternoon exercise session with 50 children between the ages of one and six. Since its completion, the little ones have not only used the obstacle course on these afternoons, but every day. They really enjoy the Hand in Hand sponsored course.
For 30 years the Holter Meeting, which takes place annually in August at Schloß Holte-Stukenbrock, has been a fixture in the diaries of many music lovers. The festival presents a diverse music program for all age groups. Above all, it offers up-and-coming artists from the region a stage to present their talent to a large audience. Every year the Holter Meeting attracts between 3,000 and 5,000 visitors. At its 30th meeting, the free outdoor festival experienced the high point of its history to-date, with around 5,000 visitors. Since the festival has no admission cost it is financed exclusively by sponsors. The Hand in Hand donation helped finance the artists' fees.
Providing first aid in emergencies can be vital. That is why the members of the Malteser Hilfsdienst e.V. from Gladbeck set up the “Helfen für Kinder” (Aid for Children) children's festival, at which children between the ages of four and ten could learn first aid in a playful way. For example, the children learned at various stations how to correctly make an emergency call or apply a bandage. In keeping with the theme, they could let off steam on a bouncy castle in the form of an ambulance. Thanks to the various action stands and the many possibilities, the children were offered an afternoon of fun, excitement and knowledge. The Hand in Hand donation financed, among other things, bandages.
Due to the new refugee movements, the issue of migration is getting more attention. For this reason, 17 volunteer helpers initiated a creative café for refugee women at Schloss Holte in 2016. Every Wednesday they can meet here to exchange ideas with one another and with German women or take advantage of creative leisure activities such as knitting, sewing or handicrafts. The aim is to exchange ideas about linguistic and cultural differences and similarities. The Hand in Hand donation was used for a kitchenette and handicraft materials.
Football is the most popular sport among Germans – and it doesn't just make fans' hearts beat faster in front of the television. The football youth department of TBV Lemgo 1911 e.V. also regularly plays in front of an audience, such as at the 30 A-Youth Masters tournament in the Lipperlandhalle in Lemgo. This is one of the largest indoor tournaments for U-19 youth teams in Germany and around 160 players between the ages of 17 and 19 took part. They were offered an attractive competition at a high sporting level, which attracted almost 3,000 enthusiastic spectators to the Lipperlandhalle on both days of the tournament. The hall was equipped with artificial turf on the occasion of the 30th anniversary.
The Hand in Hand donation was used to rent the Lipperlandhalle.
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