Social commitment and community involvement

With heart and soul

Gesa Hygiene-Gruppe stands for environmentally responsible behaviour, trust and respect towards everyone and a high level of social responsibility. We have laid down these guidelines in our company philosophy and we endeavour to implement them on a daily basis.

We are proud of the fact that managers and employees throughout Germany are also engaged in voluntary activities in many ways in their own time and offer help where it is needed, each doing what they can in their own way.

We would like to introduce these employees and their projects.

Manfred Schönfelder - Wärmestube-SKM Augsburg e.V.

Manfred Schönfelder, founder of Gesa Hygiene-Gruppe, is the deputy chairman of the Wärmestube SKM-Augsburg e.V. sponsor association founded in 2012 which supports the katholischen Verband für Soziale Dienste e.V. - SKM Augsburg (Catholic Association for Social Services).

"Through my voluntary commitment, I want to help local people directly. After all, even in wealthy Germany there is poverty and people who cannot survive on their own. Through the association I can help personally and directly and that's really important to me."

The day shelter helps those in need and the homeless regardless of their religious affiliation, origin or appearance and without asking "why". It supplies everyday items but also tries to be a place where people are accepted without judgement and can feel safe.

The sponsor association supports the day shelter with selected projects because the public subsidies and church grants have long since been insufficient. Some examples of what is being planned or has already been implemented:

  • Bus purchased for outreach work, medical care and to offer emergency assistance in the cold on harsh winter days
  • Financial support for the foundation of a homeless choir
  • Sponsorship for graves and grave maintenance
  • Products/food for the day shelter
  • Wood briquettes for people who need them
  • Purchase of the SKM building to safeguard the day shelter

Loneliness is particularly acute at Christmas. That is why the day shelter organises a Christmas party for the homeless complete with Christmas dinner and small gifts and the city Christmas for people in need at the Kolpingsaal event hall. The sponsor association organises the sponsors needed for this.

If you would like to find out more about the work of the Fördervereins Wärmestube SKM-Augsburg e.V. or support the association, please visit the website http://www.foerderverein-waermestube-skm-augsburg.de/

Förderverein Wärmestube im Haus der Stifter

v.r. Wärmestube: 1. Vorstand Aadrian Hendrikx, 2. Vorstand Manfred Schönfelder, Vorstandsmitglied Hans Stecker, Vorstand Stadtsparkasse Augsburg Cornelia Kollmer (Foto: Stadtsparkasse Augsburg, Nicole Gergen)

A pleasant occasion for the Wärmestube e.V. association was the annual event "Stifter, Spender und zukünftige Spender" in September 2018 of the Stadtsparkasse Augsburg. Because from a subfoundation in HAUS DER STIFTER - unknown to him - a nice amount was donated to the Wärmestube. Both board members, Aadrian Hendrikx and Manfred Schönfelder, as well as board member Hans Stecker, symbolically accepted the money bag at the event. The actual amount has now been transferred to the account of the association. The association Wärmestube e.V. used this opportunity to present its concept and its social activities to the representatives of the supporting institutions and the beneficiary institutions as well as to the board of trustees.

If you would like to know more about the work of the Wärmestube SKM-Augsburg e.V. or would like to support the association, please visit the website http://www.foerderverein-waermestube-skm-augsburg.de/

Ali Vaezi - Friedensdorf International

Ali Vaezi is a team leader at Gesec Hygiene + Instandhaltung in Düsseldorf. He and his wife, Nadine, help the Oberhausen Peace Village with generous donations of clothing and toys. Ali Vaezi also volunteers his services as an interpreter for Afghan children and Nadine Vaezi provides medical first aid to the children.

"Within the Peace Village, you can see first hand what the donations and money are being used for. It's great to see how happy and well-adjusted the kids are. And also sad, after all, the main thing is that there are no bombs, missiles or gunshots to be heard here."

Lending a helping hand to the weakest, a cornerstone of humanity.

The Peace Village was founded by the citizens of Oberhausen in 1967. Today, Friedensdorf International flies over 1000 sick and injured children to Germany each year from areas affected by war or crisis because there is no chance of being cured in their home country whereas treatment in Europe is promising.

The children are operated on free of charge and are taken to the Peace Village after their hospital treatment for rehabilitation. Wounds are treated, the children learn how to walk or grasp an object with prostheses and how to use medicinal products. Moreover, they learn how to play without being forced and without fear, a completely new experience. Their bodies and minds recover and then they are returned home to their families.

Apart from this case work, the Peace Village also provides project support in the childrens' home countries. Aid supplies, from walking aids, medical equipment and medicines to clothing are distributed to the projects and partner organisations all over the world. The long-term goal is to provide children with medical care on site and near their families.

Charitable organisations are one of the most important sources for the Peace Village, in particular the collection and recycling of second-hand clothing. The majority of the clothes collected are used in the Peace Village directly, some are sold in second-hand stores for the benefit of the Peace Village and others are prepared for the international project work.

"Anyone wishing to donate clothing should be aware that there are containers in the Peace Village. That way, you can be sure that the aid is going where it is needed", says Ali Vaezi.

The Peace Village is non-partisan, independent and non-denominational. Apart from a few exceptions in the project work, the Peace Village finances all aid interventions and missions with donations and member contributions only and is run for the most part by volunteer staff.

Find out more about the Oberhausen Peace Village here: www.friedensdorf.de.

Jörg Schönfelder - Race 4 Friends e.V.

Jörg Schönfelder, owner of Gesa Hygiene-Gruppe, steps on the gas for his social commitment. In addition to financial contributions, he also actively supports the Race 4 Friends every year as a driver

"If we are being honest, motor sport doesn't have the best image. At Race 4 Friends we give people with physical and mental limitations the opportunity to experience a few circuits on the race track at race speed in a real racing car. I love seeing the joy our passengers get from these circuits, forgetting everything around them and immersing themselves fully in the racing experience."

The first Race 4 Friends was held by the association of the same name in 2009. In 2017, over 700 guests were able to take a tour of the legendary racetrack in the Eifel region in various racing vehicles and that trend is growing.

Through these rides, the organisers and drivers wanted to offer people an experience that would not otherwise be possible due to their physical or mental limitations or would cost a small fortune with a commercial provider.

In addition to the annual race, various social institutions are supported across Germany every year with the remaining donations.

Find out more about the Race 4 Friends here: www.race4friends.de

Tobias Sommer - Tiershelter Zadar (Kroatien)

Gesa Hygiene-Gruppe has had connections with Croatia for a long time. Many of our service technicians and some managers have their family roots in this delightful Balkan country. Tobias Sommer, Area Manager for Pest Management in Germany Central and South West with Gemex Hygiene + Vorratsschutz at the Frankfurt am Main branch has a very special connection to Croatia however.

After what is soon to be more than 22 years, Mr Sommer and his wife have learned to love the Adriatic country and could almost call it their second home. It therefore seemed natural to the two dog lovers to support an association working for animal rights and animal welfare as volunteers in both of their homes – enter Vox Animalis e.V.

Tobias Sommer supports the project by donating numerous items but also contributes with his technical and professional know-how. Thus, for example, during his visit to the animal shelter in Zadar, he also helped keep the grounds and buildings pest free.

And, as early as March 2018, Mr Sommer will be embarking on another trip to Zadar. In addition to his pest management equipment, his luggage will also contain numerous things for the cats and dogs in Zadar. Dog food, puppy milk, puppy food, blankets, collars, leads, disposable gloves, medicines and disinfectants, etc.
We would like to take this opportunity to support Mr Sommer in his dedicated service. Since there is a shortage of virtually everything on site, donations such as dog food, puppy milk, puppy food, blankets, collars, leads, disposable gloves, medicines and disinfectants, etc. can be handed in to the German headquarters of Gesa Hygiene-Gruppe.

Petra Saß - Esperanza de Galgo & Pro Animal de Tenerife

Our second aid project of 2018 takes us back into southern Europe, this time to Spain in the region around Madrid and the island of Tenerife.

For many years now, Ms Petra Saß, Sales Manager West at the Frankfurt branch has been supporting animal welfare in Spain both with money and active involvement. The dog lover has developed a special relationship with the Spanish galgo or Spanish greyhound. In addition to her work for various local associations, in recent years she has repeatedly taken in animals from Spain. She currently lives near Frankfurt am Main with her two "ladies".

ESPERANZA DEL GALGO

The first organisation we would like to present here is "Esperanza del Galgo". In Spain, galgos are used as hunting dogs because of their speed. Once they are no longer suitable for their task due to age however, they are usually abandoned by their owners. Without the support of the association, most galgos would freeze to death in winter or starve. With collected donations and a great deal of personal commitment, the association has managed to set up a shelter, the Case del Sol, and therefore offer abandoned galgos somewhere to live and the chance of being rehomed.

For more information about the project, see: https://www.esperanza-del-galgo.de/

PRO ANIMAL DE TENERIFE

The "Pro Animal de Tenerife" association has made its mission to rescue abandoned dogs in need in the mountain forests of Tenerife who would be condemned to death from starvation or thirst, or in winter from freezing, without the help of the volunteer helpers. The association's field of activity here is, in particular, the Teide National Park which stretches over the island's highlands covering almost 13,571 hectares. At their residence, executive board members Elke and Manfred Roßmann have taken in up to 50 abandoned dogs and undertake supply runs to ensure that abandoned dogs in the highlands survive.

For more information about the project, see: http://www.waldhundeteneriffa.de/

Ms Saß has made a generous donation to both associations corresponding to the commission from my multi-year major order. We would like to thank Ms Saß for her commitment to these animals and wish her continued success and perseverance in her service!

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