In December 2012, the annual St. Nicholas Market at the scientific publisher Springer in Heidelberg, Germany, raised €27,000. The Christmas charity event for social projects in the region is a long-standing tradition at the Heidelberg publishing house, where staff raise an amount which is then doubled by the management board of Springer Science+Business Media. This year, the money will be shared equally between Radio RUMMS in Mannheim, Germany, and a project for single parents, Allein mit Kind in Heidelberg. Each will receive €13,500 for their project work.
The Springer staff and the works council have been organizing and making a commitment to the St. Nicholas Market since 1975. A wide variety of stands are set up in the company’s lobby, selling everything from second-hand jewelry, books, and jigsaw puzzles to raffle tickets and elaborate homemade Christmas stars. No one goes hungry with a wide array of delicious food stops, ranging from a waffle stand, a well-stocked cake stand, a champagne bar and a mulled wine stand. And of course St. Nicholas puts in an appearance at the market, spreading Christmas cheer and taking up a collection to raise money for the charities.
“Our staff has once again demonstrated their social conscience through their willingness to donate and their choice of charity projects. We are more than happy to support these efforts as part of our corporate culture and are quite proud of them, too,” said Gregor Karolus, President Human Resources at Springer Science+Business Media.
All the children and young people admitted to the Mannheim University Hospital can contribute to the programs broadcast by Radio RUMMS
. The youngsters suffer from chronic illnesses such as pulmonary damage and cancer and are often repeatedly admitted to the hospital over a period of months or even years. For the children, working with Radio RUMMS is extremely important to help them maintain contact with the outside world. It helps them to remain active and optimistic despite their illnesses. Since March 2011, Radio RUMMS has been funded entirely by donations and sponsors.
The project Allein mit Kind
in Heidelberg, run by a protestant church’s social welfare organization, is designed to help single parents, giving them a forum where they can meet people in the same situation as themselves. They can talk, find new friends and solve problems related to single parenting with the help of experts. A support network is also currently being set up to take some of the strain off the parents in their daily life by giving the children more attention and providing them with greater stability.Springer Science+Business Media
(www.springer.com) is a leading global scientific publisher, providing researchers in academia, scientific institutions and corporate R & D departments with quality content via innovative information products and services. Springer is also a trusted local-language publisher in Europe – especially in Germany and the Netherlands – primarily for physicians and professionals working in the automotive, transport and healthcare sectors. Roughly 2,500 journals and more than 7,000 new books are published by Springer each year, and the group is home to the world’s largest STM eBook collection, as well as the most comprehensive portfolio of open access journals. Springer employs more than 7,000 individuals across the globe and in 2011 generated sales of approximately EUR 875 million.