Posts tagged with “Germany”

Europe: A Patchwork of Play and Purpose

Monday, 14 January, 2013

In a tough economic year, Amway Europe showed both cross-border collaboration, and generous local support.

In Amway affiliates across Europe, there were runs, walks, bikes and swims to raise money for children’s causes. Many were focused on support of UNICEF, a partner that Amway has supported in big and small ways since the early 2000s. And in show of solidarity, Amway and its employees and business owners across Europe raised money to build a third preschool in a remote area of Turkey, in partnership with UNICEF.

Amway Russia continued to grow its Child’s Smile project to equip government hospitals with playrooms for children, adding 16 more this year, totaling more than 100 to date. Amway also expanded its support for children in orphanages and rehabilitation centers, by scaling up a therapy program with local circus troupes. Interactive circus programs helped to speed recovery from abuse and neglect for more than 1,100 children this year.

 

And play was on the mind of soccer athletes in six cities across Russia who took part in Equal in Sport. This innovative program pairs disabled children with their able-bodied peers to compete in soccer tournaments as equals. In partnership with Amway Russia, Amway Italy and the AC Milan professional soccer team, Equal in Sport tournament winners traveled to Italy for special treatment – and a very special game.

 

Finally, Amway employees from across Europe gave young refugees a chance at a better life, by spending time sharing helpful knowledge that would help ensure success in daily life in Germany. From woodworking to bike riding, more than 100 teenagers learned some great skills, and made some great friends.

There were many more activities across Europe in 2012 … and many more planned for the upcoming year!

An international welcome

Friday, 21 September, 2012

At Amway offices in Puchheim, Germany, 260 people from more than 30 different nations work together as one team. This diversity gives each of our employees an expertise in intercultural teamwork.

They decided to use this expertise in their their latest volunteer activity, working with youth from the world‘s crisis regions – Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, Syria – who live in a refugee shelter in Munich, waiting for their asylum status being granted.

Most of these young men and women will eventually be able to stay in Germany. So Amway staff, working with Inner Mission, made sure they would be ready to live, work and play in Germany, with a series of hands-on, multicultural activities, such as:

Getting to know German food and how to prepare it …

Repairing bikes and learning about German traffic rules …

Woodworking with tables and benches …

Playing sports and just getting to know each other. Click here for the full news writeup.

Thanks to Karin Schmid and Sarah Wellner for sharing this story.

Bringing generosity beyond your borders

Monday, 11 June, 2012

You may have heard the saying, “charity begins at home.” While it is important to start there, we are finding that generosity is a great export too.

A group of 1,351 of the most successful Amway Business Owners in China recently visited Munich, Germany for an incentive trip in May. They were hosted by leaders from Amway Europe.

During a gala dinner at the Messe München, the Chinese visitors donated approximately 15,000 Euros (US $18,800) to support the efforts of the Munich-based organization: Children for a Better World. The contributions will be used to provide free school lunches for disadvantaged children in Bavaria.

Children for a Better World has taken up the fight against child poverty in Germany. The organization has more than 53 lunch programs and support services for disadvantaged children.

While delivering the donation, Audie Wong, President of Amway China, makes it clear that these actions are just the way we do business: “Helping children is very rewarding. It’s an important part of our culture.”

And that’s worth sharing – at home and abroad.

Thanks to Karin Schmid for sharing this story.

Running, walking and riding for kids

Monday, 4 June, 2012

This Spring, Amway Business Owners and employees across Europe have been riding, walking and running to help children, and meet their personal fitness goals. Take a tour with us!

Sweden

Twelve cyclists took place in the Spin of Hope event across Sweden. It started early in the morning, with each person biking for one hour. Twelve hours later, the last participant from the Nutriway (Nutrilite) team crossed the finish line. The full event raised 1.3 million Krona (US $180,000) for the Children’s Cancer Foundation.

 

Slovakia

Amway Business Owners participated in the Nutrilite Hobby Run, part of City of Bratislava Public Run, which is the largest event of its kind in Slovakia. The Hobby Run attracted more than 950 participants, including 463 ABOs from Slovakia and the Czech Republic. The runnerss raised 1,300 Euros (US $1,600) for UNICEF.

Poland

In Poland, the children did the running, with strong support from Amway. The Ostrzeszów Cross is the oldest run in Poland with 1,150 participants. Throughout the event, 18 runs are organized by different age categories with distances ranging from 400m to 21km. The culmination of the event is the Amway Cup, awarded to all children who participated in the 1,000m stadium run.

Norway

In Norway, Amway invited business owners, employees and customers to participate in a 10km run in Sentrumsløbet to raise money for UNICEF. These efforts raised 35,000 Krone (US $5,700) for schools in Africa. Amway Norway provided goodie bags to the best runners in each class to keep motivation high, while Amway volunteers helped to manage the starting and finishing lines.

Hungary

More than 300 Amway Business Owners and employees cycled around Tisza Lake in Hungary to raise money for the Intensive Care area of the local Children’s Hospital. Amway staff welcomed the finishers and provided Nutrilite prizes for all category award winners.

Finland

In June, 408 women representing Amway Business Owners and employees in Finland participated in a 10km run to raise funds to support girls’ education in Nepal. Amway brought in the largest group of any other company, and raised 16,320 Euros (US $20,000), which will provide schooling for 1,360 girls through UNICEF.

Ukraine

Amway Business Owners had a strong showing at the Chestnut Run in Kyiv and on the largest team cup for the fourth time. The Kyivs City Mayor attended the event and personally greeted ABOs. In total, a donation of $ 20,000 was raised for the Children’s Centre of Cardiology – more than 30% of this milestone was raised by Amway Business Owners through Team Nutrilite.

 

Thanks to Karin Schmid and Sarah Wellner for sharing these stories.