GRAFE GRUPPE renounces presents for customers and supports social project instead
A ray of hope in a dark time: The GRAFE GROUP in Blankenhain surprised the parents’ initiative for children with cancer e.V. in Jena at Christmas with a donation of 10,000 euros. “Instead of the usual presents to customers, we decided to make a financial donation to a project that is particularly close to our hearts,” said Managing Director Matthias Grafe. “The corresponding check went in the mail these days, as the pandemic does not allow a personal handover at the moment.”
The recipient of the generous donation was correspondingly delighted. “For your constant commitment, we say thank you from the bottom of our hearts. It means a lot to us to know you as a loyal partner at our side,” wrote Katrin Mohrholz, executive director of the initiative, in a thank-you letter describing the projects of the past year. “You help that we can also stand by our small and large patients and their families and continue to accompany them on their difficult and long journey,” she added.
The GRAFE GROUP is not only a reliable partner for its customers, but also a generous supporter of cultural and social projects in the Weimarer Land region and in Thuringia. For example, it supports various schools in the region and annually donates the GRAFE Baccalaureate Prize for Natural Sciences at the Marie Curie High School in Bad Berka. With the sponsoring of the Weimar painting and drawing school, the company invested in the future of children, who helped design the GRAFE business premises with a traveling exhibition.
The parents’ initiative for children with cancer e.V. in Jena was founded more than 30 years ago in March 1990 by parents, all of whom were united by the wish that children suffering from cancer and their families should receive all possible help and support in the psychological and social area, over and above the necessary medical treatment, so that they do not lose hope and joie de vivre even in this difficult phase of life. In addition to numerous family-oriented projects dedicated to this task, the association supports the oncology department of the clinic in order to make the stay of the children who are treated there more pleasant.
Since 2018, the association’s work has been organized in the newly built Haus EKK-Stein directly at the clinic. Eight employees work daily to meet the individual needs of inpatient, outpatient and orphaned families with a variety of offers and projects. These include ward tours, children’s afternoons, a clinic clown, parent rounds and family celebrations. The team is supported by five volunteer supporters, twenty volunteer time donors, many members and a seven-member association board.