Author: Vladimír Stanislav
HELPING SYSTEMATICALLY As awareness of the companies in the JABLOTRON group grows, we are receiving ever more requests for support, and so some might feel that we are simply refusing. However, we are just being systematic. Since the start of this year we have supported 27 activities and projects worth 2.5 million crowns. Unfortunately, we have also had to refuse 80 requests that failed to meet our basic conditions, were not in line with our priorities, or were unrealistic. SUPPORT FOR EDUCATION Besides our traditional support for the hospitals in Jablonec, local social service associations and Jizera nature groups, we have also been providing systematic support for education in various forms for both children and adults, such as: Contributing towards tuition for children at a drop-in day centre (Diakonie Jablonec nad Nisou). Together with Šumava Elementary School in Jablonec nad Nisou we are setting up a robotics group with the aim of gradually providing expensive equipment (LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robots) to the group and to children from the surrounding area. Contributing towards the purchase of technical educational aids (e.g. electro-technical groups for first-year elementary school pupils in the Liberec region). We also think of those who act as mediators between science and technology and children – we have covered the costs of sending 9 teachers, Czech finalists in the world Science on Stage final in London, and have also supported a young Czech scientist and his interesting presentation of the “Chemistry and Light” demonstration set for schools. Examples of the philanthropic use of our own products include the installation of an alarm to guard the new Technical Museum in Liberec, which operates mainly on a volunteer basis.
Renata Rydvalová, a nursery school teacher from Liberec, won one of the categories in Science on Stage. / The stands of the Czech delegation at Science on Stage in London.
BIG GIFT TO SENIOR CITIZENS In September we opened up a new retirement home. This was the result of the reconstruction of one of the buildings in former costume jewellery premises in Jablonec nad Nisou. It has a capacity of 110 clients and employs 65 people. The facility will be run by the firm Anavita. This is the most modern facility of its type in the region and Jablotron’s biggest ever investment in social responsibility. However, we are convinced that the generation that raised us deserves first-rate care.
Anavita retirement home opening
HELPING OUTSIDE THE REGION Our activities with a nationwide reach include: Support for anti-corruption organisations (Kverulant.org, Anticorruption Endowment). Financial support for winter night shelters for the homeless in Prague. Co-financing of the Neuron endowment fund, which focuses on the support and development of basic scientific research and the popularization of science. A SMALL CONTRIBUTION TO HELP RESOLVE THE REFUGEE CRISIS We care about what is currently happening with the influx of refugees and our efforts to set a good example have resulted in a plan to offer a selected Syrian family the chance to work and live with us in Jablonec nad Nisou. We have received the first responses to our offer and the first meetings have already taken place. We believe that we can prove that some of these immigrants can be a real benefit to our country. THE FUTURE – JABLOTRON’S OWN ENDOWMENT FUND We are currently working hard to set up our own JABLOTRON Endowment Fund, which will primarily be aimed at ensuring long-term protection for the mountain meadows in Hrabětice in the Jizera Mountains, recently purchased by Jablotron. However, our other donor activities will also fall under this Endowment Fund.
Vladimír Stanislav, Company Donations Coordinator Finally, on behalf of myself and the recipients of our donations, I would like to thank all my colleagues, Jablotron employees and of course our business partners, as it is their work and efforts that enable us to provide lasting benefit to those who need it.