Supporting a good cause is at the very heart of our ambitions. Throughout the years we have carefully researched and selected charities that are close to our heart and deserve special recognition.
Charity Partner 2018 – Children’s Cancer Charity/Deutsche Kinderkrebsstiftung
The German children’s cancer charity is committed to support children, who have been diagnosed with cancer, as well as their families and helps them to improve their quality of live. Their everyday work comprises counselling, accompanying families through their journey to recovery and the support through social funds should families run into financial difficulties.
The German children’s cancer charity supports and finances patient-oriented research projects in order to increase the young patients’ chances of a full recovery, ensure safe treatments and find new therapies so that long term implications can be reduced to a minimum or completely eliminated.
They also established the ‘Waldpiraten-Camp’ which is located close to Heidelberg and is unique in Germany. It’s a rehabilitation, recreation and leisure camp which helps children to regain their strength and build-up their courage after winning the battle with cancer so they can return to their everyday and happy life.
Charity Partner 2017 – GermanNow!
With more than 1,000 volunteers in Berlin, GermanNOW! ensures that refugees get access to basic German language skills for free, regardless of their country of origin or official status. The lessons are taking place in the emergency shelters inside a former department store in the Karl-Marx-Str and in the hangars of Tempelhof airport, the latter being one of Germany’s largest refugee shelters. The project was established in September 2015 in the gym Jahnsporthalle. GermanNOW! enables an immediate first contact with the German language right after the refugees’ arrival at emergency shelters and focusses on teaching basic, conversational German for refugees’ daily lives in Berlin. Their interaction concept in small groups allows an intensive learning process.
Charity Partner 2016 – Sozialhelden e.V.
We have selected Sozialhelden e.V. as our Charity partner for 2016. The initiativ has been founded by two cousins, Jan and Raul. Raul is in a wheelchair himself, they both have South American roots and share a passion for social projects.
They initially started with ‘Germany’s Super Zivi’ searching for the best and most motivated person to voluntarily take part in community services. After a successful project they soon decided to set-up more initiatives. Their aim is to create awareness for social problems and ideally find ways to reduce or even eliminate them. It’s not just about having an idea, but actually going the extra mile with enough patience, strength and perseverance.
Charity Partner 2015 – World Bicycle Relief
In 2015 the Car HMi Awards presented by we.CONECT supported World Bicycle Relief – and organisation that mobilises people through the power of bicycles and envision a world where distance is no longer a barrier to independence and livelihood.
How they do it:
- Design, source and manufacture rugged bicycles engineered specifically for rural terrain and load requirements
- Assemble bicycles locally with proper tools and close attention to quality
- Deliver bicycles through purchases, work-to-own & study-to-own programs
- Establish maintenance infrastructure by training local field mechanics
- Evaluate our work through independent studies
- Communicate program results to donors and partners
Charity Partner 2014 – Muzanga Education
We selected charity project Muzanga Education initiated by Raise A Smile e.V. as our charity partner in 2014. They support underprivileged children in rural Zambia with mobile education and teaches children how to read, write and hosts workshops on important topics such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and hygiene promotion.