‘In times like these, when one disaster follows another, it’s good to have a partner like Rhenus at your side,’ said Stefan Ewers, Deputy Secretary General and Member of the Board at CARE Germany, during the donation handover. Ewers and Judith Albert, Corporate Cooperation Officer, were welcomed by Rhenus Management Board Member Dr Stephan Peters at the company’s headquarters in Holzwickede. The CARE representatives talked in particular about their work in disaster relief and their commitment to social justice.
Decisions as to where CARE helps, and what means they use to do so, are ideally taken according to the needs of the people, Ewers explained. Nevertheless, public reporting often has an influence on where donations are channelled. The Rhenus Run Club’s decision not to tie the donation to a specific purpose therefore makes a particular difference in combating grievances that do not receive much media attention. ‘As an NGO, we have to make a 25 per cent contribution to projects ourselves. Unrestricted donations such as those from Rhenus enable us to apply for support from public funds,’ explained Judith Albert. ‘So 25,000 euros from Rhenus means 100,000 euros for local people.’