Springer Heidelberg hosts its traditional St. Nicholas market once again for a good cause

Springer donates the proceeds of its St. Nicholas market to three charitable organizations

Heidelberg, 13 January 2016

A_Scheck-Nikolausmarkt-2_280x210.jpg © SpringerThis past December, Springer’s St. Nicholas market in Heidelberg once again raised a large sum of money for charity. The Springer lobby glittered with festive lights for a good cause, just as it has every year for the last 20 years. Many hardworking helpers gave their all and raised 14,625 euros for charitable organizations. Springer management then doubled the proceeds, bringing the total raised to 29,500 euros.

The St. Nicholas market was organized with great attention to detail by a team of employees, the HR department and the Works Council. All proceeds went to three organizations, representatives of which were there to present their projects in person. Each received 9,750 euros. This year’s recipients were the “Rucksackprojekt” of the Working Group for the Advancement of Children and Youth (Heidelberg), the Maltese Migrant Medicine (Mannheim) and the Katharinenhöhe Specialist Clinic (Black Forest).

The traditional raffle, a flea market and stands selling books, jewelry and origami all made for high spirits, while various treats such as homemade cakes, freshly baked waffles and sausages made sure the crowds did not go hungry. And of course Santa was there in person to give out candy to the children and encourage adults to get out their wallets and make donations.

“After the merger of the newly created publishing group Springer Nature, I am delighted that we have still managed to remain true to our unique company culture here in Heidelberg. The social commitment of our colleagues and the publishing house has been an integral part of this. We are proud of our long tradition of giving back to the community. As in every other year, our employees worked together with representatives from the Works Council to choose which projects to support and, in my opinion, once again made wonderful choices that strengthened our close ties to the region,” said Gregor Karolus, Chief HR Officer at Springer Nature.

The “Rucksackprojekt” (Working Group for the Advancement of Children and Youth) in Heidelberg promotes language skills and educational courses for children and their parents with a migration background thereby improving their opportunities for integration. The Maltese Migrant Medicine Mannheim offers people without a valid residence permit and without health insurance access to a doctor who will provide medical examinations and treatment free of charge for acute conditions, injuries and pregnancy. Katharinenhöhe in Schönwald/Black Forest is a rehabilitation clinic for children, adolescents and their families. It offers follow-up cancer treatment and various therapy options for chronic diseases.

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Handing over of checks | © Springer

Further Information

About the "Rucksackprojekt"

About the Maltese Migrant Medicine Mannheim

About Katharinenhöhe

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