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Looking back on the 2013 "flood of the century": BFFT work-force helps flood victims with a unique fundraising event
2013, a "flood of the century" devastated Europe / The vehicle technology developer BFFT helped with a unique fundraising: Employees donated overtime worth 10,000 euros / A year after this natural disaster, it's time to review how BFFT could help
A special vehicle for the BRK
A donation of 5,000 euros went to the Bavarian Red Cross (BRK), towards an all-terrain emergency vehicle. Together with a further donation, this enabled the BRK to order a VW Amarok, which can be used in a depth of up to half a metre of water, thus allowing the rescue team to take supplies to the affected areas and evacuate the local people when the streets are flooded. The vehicle will be used particularly in Lower Bavaria, where BFFT is represented by an office in Regensburg. "After the flooding, our emergency operations coordinators realised that vehicles like these would have been extremely useful, so we are very happy that BFFT's support has helped us to become better prepared for future disasters", said Dieter Hauenstein, deputy head of the BRK's local emergency operations.
Reconstruction of the children's daycare centre in Dresden
In cooperation with "Aktion Deutschland Hilft" (German relief campaign), BFFT donated the remaining 5,000 euros to the "Wiesenfrösche" children's daycare centre in Dresden. In June 2013, two mudslides streamed down over the centre's outdoor facilities. Fortunately, it was possible to keep the mud away from the freshly part-renovated building with sandbags, but afterwards, the entire surface of the outdoor area had to be cleared away, and the children's play facilities rebuilt. The donation from BFFT was used to renovate the outdoor staircase. Thus BFFT employees, many of whom with their own families, were able to help enable the children to play outside again this summer.
CEO Markus Fichtner sees this social commitment from employees as a confirmation of BFFT corporate culture: "Motivation and social responsibility go hand-in-hand, both in engineering and in the social environment."
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