Social commitment. Scout supports children in need.

Hundreds of thousands of children start school every year. Way too many of
them live in precarious social circumstances. Some are not able to afford
the usual equipment for school and often have to attend school with bags that
are not suitable for the transportation of all the necessary things. This situation
can lead to social exclusion of these first graders.

 For many years, the company Georg A. Steinmann Lederwarenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG has
supported events and institutions that help and stand up for children in need – this way,
socially disadvantaged children are also able to go to school with a Scout.

Allgäu-Orient-Rallye 2016: Roses instead of guns  

On 30th April 2016 the 11th "Allgäu-Orient-Rallye" took place in Oberstaufen.

Since the rallye was this year themed „Roses instead of guns“, rose trees were planted at the starting location Oberstaufen and the stopover locations Tiflis and Istanbul. For reasons of safety, the rallye did not end in Jordan as usual but in the city of Dalyan in Turkey. 

Around 70 teams started this year with vehicles, that had to be at least 20 years old or worth less than 1,111.11 €. During the 3-week-rally route guiding systems and driving on motorways or toll routes was forbidden. The participants and their vehicles had to cover at least 555 km but not more than 666 km per day. During these 3 weeks, accommodation is just as adventorous as the rally itself: it may not cost more than 11.11 € per participant and night. Of course, tents and the vehicle itself are also good possibilities to spend the night in.  

Scout supported this year as well the good cause of the rally. Each of the teams had a Scout schoolbag in the luggage compartment and handed it over to schoolkids in Nadir during a stopover. The schoolchildren were happy to accept their new, colourful schoolbags, tried them on and were also happy to find some more small surprises inside the schoolbag – since the teams had filled them with sweets and little gifts previously.  

This year's winning team is „No Camel No Cry“ from Switzerland. As every year, they won a real camel which, as a general rule, stays in the finishing-country and is given to charity. The participating vehicles also stay in the finishing country and are auctioned off, the proceeds go to diverse aid organisations. Read more about one of the last automobile adventures here.

Refugee children are happy about their new Scout schoolbags  

They flee from hunger and war, sometimes have to leave their families and often had to undergo terrible experiences. Attending school regularly was in many cases impossible. This is now to change for 6 refugee children and 1 teenager. With their new and colourful schoolbgas, the start of school is now to become a happy and pathbreaking experience for them.

Good education is especially for children who had to flee from their own country a key to cope with the new situation – and Scout has accompanied some of them since March 2015 and made their start of school a happy experience. So Scout supports in cooperation with the Lions Club Kaiserslautern-Lutra a project of the "Arbeits- und Sozialpädagogischen Zentrums" (ASZ, a center for work and social pedagogy) which aims to help children have an easy start at school with filled "Schultüten" – a large cornet of cardboard filled with sweets and little presents given to children in Germany on their first day at school.

At the start of the new school year, the project set the next sign of welcome and presented six children of primary school age and one teenager with colourful scout schoolbags and a stylish 4YOU backpack at the beginning of September. Together with their parents, the children received their new school companions in IQ Plus from the president of the Lions Club Kaiserslautern-Lutra, Helga Kuntz, and the responsible staff of the ASZ. Ingrid Walter, who is responsible for corporate social responsibility at the school bag manufacturer Steinmann, and Mayor Dr. Klaus Weichel were also there to support the fundraising campaign and celebrate the school start with the children.

Packing games by ŠKODA and Scout – for a good cause!  

In collaboration with Scout, a bunch of prospective abecederians at an entertaining Tetris-like event had to try and stash as many Scout schoolbags as possible in the trunk of the Skoda roomster.

At the end, the diligent packers were impressed at how many Scout schoolabgs fit in the trunk. But not only that: The packing event served a good cause. All Scout schoolbags used for this event are donated to socially disadvantaged kids over the intermediary of the multi-generation house by the Diakonie of Ludwigshafen (charity organisation).

 

This event was at the same time the start of a new Facebook campaign of SKODA: Who has the most creative idea of how to pack the Skoda? Who packs it particularly funny, interesting or creative? Using the Hashtag #DuPackstDas, Skoda is looking for the most creative packing ideas on Facebook.

 

Pupils in Jordan are happy about their Scout schoolbags  

In May 2015, 90 Scout schoolbags took off for an adventorous journey. They were a donation from the company Georg A. Steinmann Lederwarenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG to the "Allgäu-Orient-Rallye". The rallye had its 10th anniversary this year and combines fun with social commitment.

Themed "the brave people with their clunkers", the rally started in Oberstaufen in the Allgäu in Germany and led over side roads (highways are out of bounds) to the Jordanian capital Amman – a distance of 6,666 km. A hazardous plan, as the vehicles have to be at least 20 years old or worth less than 1,111 €. The adventure also serves a good cause, and helps children in need in Jordan which Scout gladly supports – each of the 90 teams had a new Scout schoolbag on board.

When all the teams (but not all the cars) had reached the goal after three weeks of an exhausting journey, every team handed one colourful Scout over to one Jordanian pupil. The children in need had been personally selected by crown prince Al Hussein Bin Abdullah II. who, since last year, has also been the royal patron of the rally.

The children really dressed up for the big day. "The shining eyes of the happy children were the reward for our anniversary-rally", the organizer Mr Wilfried Gehr said when the schoolbags were handed over to the kids in the Children's Museum in Amman, a project for education which was created by Queen Rania of Jordan.

Find more photos on Facebook and more information here.

 

1.111 Scouts for school starters  

 

Scout supports the unusual fundraiser of a Cologne carnival club, which not only wants to have fun, but also to do good.

Prior to school enrolments in 2014, Georg A. Steinmann Lederwarenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG together with the non-profit Cologne carnival association Goldene Jungs initiated an unusual action: "1,111 satchels for the Pänz", as (school) children are called in Rhenish colloquial language.

The declared aim of the Kölner Jecken is to allow socially disadvantaged children to benefit from the proceeds of their carnival events. The idea of giving needy students a good start into this new phase of life was supported by Scout not only with these satchels, but also with complete school equipment.

In order to publicise the campaign, the Golden Boys called on social media to participate: For every donation of 20 Euros a school bag sponsorship would be enabled. In addition to that, voluntary school classes distributed posters and flyers to inform about the possibility of sponsorship and at the same time to ask needy children or their guardians to apply for a donated satchel.

The school satchels were distributed to the happy kids with prominent support. Among others, actor Tom Gerhardt, comedian Oliver Pocher, football star Mats Hummels, PUR singer Hartmut Engler and singers Joey Kelly and Giovanni Zarrella were involved. One of the handover events took place in front of the Cologne Zoo under great media coverage. (More photos on Facebook)

The total donation of more than 20,000 euros went entirely to the Lindgren House project that takes care of children who have experienced threatening family situations.

Scouts for Kiwanis  

The members of Kiwanis actively commit themselves for the well-being of children with the slogan "Serving the Children of the World." Scout supports this predominantly regionally acting organisation on a regular basis with a fixed quantity of schoolbags at a special offer price which are donated to kids in need.

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