Buy, Win, Help
Read how former and current trainees of the Lufthansa Group get involved with help alliance every year and how Sandra from the Obizi project in Nigeria supports this involvement
The idea is simple: buy an Advent calendar, hang it up and open a little door every day during Advent. If the winning number on the door matches the calendar number on the back, you have won. The proceeds from the calendar sale support help alliance projects. Last year, the Obizi project in southwest Nigeria was supported with more than 14,000 euros. The idea of the then Start Cargo Trainees was born 3 years ago with a mulled wine at the Christmas market: “At the market there was the opportunity to buy and win Advent calendars at the Lions Club. We asked ourselves why such a thing doesn’t actually exist within Lufthansa. The idea was born and implemented quite successfully in its first year,” says Jan Wegner, who is now responsible for the worldwide engine special tools at Mobile Engine Services at Lufthansa Technik and was then a trainee at Lufthansa Cargo. The prizes for the calendar are made available to Lufthansa Group-wide by departments. From suitcases and flight vouchers to cheese knives, the prizes are a colourful mix.
Positive reactions to commitment
“With the help alliance, there is the possibility of directly supporting projects and being sure that the entire amount will also benefit the project – because the administrative structure of the organization is borne by the Lufthansa Group. There is also the attraction of using the potential of the enormous number of employees in the Lufthansa Group for this purpose. After the first edition, the feedback was so positive that it’s simply fun to get together for the Advent calendar and collect a huge sum of money with relatively little effort and over a short period of time thanks to the willingness of colleagues to donate,” says Sebastian Blech. In order to be able to pass on the donations even better and to be on the safe side legally, the “Trainee Adventskalender Spendenverein” was founded, which is currently managed by Sebastian Blech and Manuel Postbiegel. The feedback from colleagues was consistently positive, the calendar is sold through all Lufthansa Group companies: “This year, in addition to many colleagues from Lufthansa Passage, Cargo and Technik, there were also many orders from Eurowings, AirPlus or Miles and More. There were also orders from abroad,” says Manuel Postbiegel. This coming winter, the calendar will enter its fifth season: “We are looking forward to starting the campaign again and would like to take this opportunity to thank all our donors and sponsors,” says Sebastian Blech.