Some of the godparents
Some of the godparents

Child-sponsorship with Plan International

It all began with the health initiative organised by the AOK (Health Insurance Company).

Within the framework of the AOK initiative known as ‘By bike to work' 31 members of the staff at Münstermann in 8 teams took part. In all, over a period of 3 months the Münstermen can be proud of having ridden a total of 19,552 kilometres. The team consisting of Stefan Frieling, Karl Grundkötter, Joachim Teriete and Roland Franke have won a cash prize amounting to € 150.00.

Donation to a good cause

The prize-money was donated by the four prize-winners to the charity organisation Plan International Deutschland e.V. for child-sponsorship.

Animated by this initiative a large number of other colleagues became enthusiastic about a long-term fund-raising campaign. After consultation with the management it was agreed that for every donation provided by the colleagues at Münstermann the management would donate an equal amount.

Participation by many donors

In the meantime 58 colleagues have joined in to this fund-raising campaign. Every member donates a minimum of one Euro per month. With this money 7 child-sponsorships are financed which have been invested in for longer periods. Roland Franke, Münstermann's child-sponsorship coordinator, said, "This whole thing is not to be a short-term project. The aim is to support the foster-children until they come of age".

The choice of the foster-children was left to Plan International as they have a better overview of the local need. It was requested however that different continents are to be incorporated. The respective amount of the donation is deducted from the donor's pay once a year and transferred to Plan International.