We organize and support many local initiatives for employees and local communities. An inexhaustive selection is presented below.
The KIVA program provides loans to tackle poverty among people who do not have access to bank loans. Two people received a loan on behalf of Synthon Hispania. One person can now afford to send his three children to school and another was given a loan to establish her seaming business. This enables her to provide for the education of her five children.
Five teams of Synthon employees participated in the first edition of Swim to Fight Cancer Nijmegen. This is a unique recreational swim of 1,500-2,000 meters in natural water in an urban setting. Participants and teams are sponsored and raise as much money as possible to 'Fight cancer'. This foundation raises funds for scientific cancer research carried out by young talented researchers, and prevention through KWF Kankerbestrijding*. The swim was a success not only in terms of sports - all Synthon participants managed to swim the whole distance - but also in the amount of money raised. You can read more about the swim here.
* Dutch foundation dedicated to combating cancer through scientific research, education, patient support and fundraising
We participated in the 24 hour relay race 'You dream, we run'. The idea behind this race is that disabled people in the Blansko region, children and adults alike, write down their dreams. Teams of runners then try to raise money to fulfill those dreams. Synthon sro was the main partner of the event and also had several runners taking part in the race. The proceeds from the event were enough to fulfill the twelve dreams that were submitted.
In Argentina, Children's Day is celebrated in the third Saturday of August. Our colleagues collected toys for the celebration and donated them to Fundación Tren de la Esperanza - the Train of Hope Foundation. The foundation supports vulnerable children between the ages of 6 and 12 who live in poor conditions or have a disability. With over 40 toys collected, Synthon Argentina was happy to contribute to the festivities.
As part of the Synthon sro 'Volunteering' project, all employees are allowed to sign up for voluntary work or participate in projects or activities for one day per year. Over 40 employees took part in the activities. Some examples:
In the 'Light up a child's Christmas' campaign, employees of Synthon Chile donated presents to the 'Protectora de la Infancia' foundation. Moreover, for each present of a colleague, Synthon donated an extra present to the foundation. The presents were distributed among vulnerable children and young people in the social programs, residences, schools and kindergartens that the foundation has in Santiago de Chile.
We supported similar initiatives in Spain and the Czech Republic. Our Spanish colleagues donated Christmas gifts for children living in the Llar Nova Esperanca children's care home and Synthon Blansko introduced 'Christmas in a box', a new Christmas charity program for children living in a children's home. Employees prepared a Christmas present - a shoebox filled with toys, clothes and candy - for one child each. There was so much interest among our colleagues that they were able to fill boxes for children in two homes, in Blansko and Boskovice.
In Catalonia, 23 April is Sant Jordi's Day. Traditionally, people then give a book or a rose to their close friends. This year, our colleagues wanted to celebrate Sant Jordi's Day in a very supportive way. A rummage sale was organized where people could buy books donated by employees. The money raised went to Open Arms ONG, a non-governmental organization dedicated to help Syrian refugees.
In December, our Czech colleagues hosted a Christmas Charity market. Employees contributed by donating handmade products and then by buying them. Proceeds went to Domov Olga, a humanitarian organization running a day care center and sheltered housing for mentally disabled adults, which we have been supporting for more than 15 years.
We also continued our support of the Czech multiple sclerosis union ROSKA. This year, we contributed by buying boccia game equipment - a sport practiced by athletes with severe physical disabilities.
In 2018, we selected the National AYA 'Young and Cancer' Platform for our annual Christmas donation. The foundation aims to help AYAs (Adolescents and Young Adults) - young people aged between 18 and 35 who have been diagnosed with cancer. In the Netherlands, this involves 2,700 young adults every year. The required care must focus on topics that are relevant to AYAs during and also after cancer: age-specific AYA care that allows AYAs to get on with their lives.