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Aid for children at Christmas

Steinau, 4 December 2014. The annual transport convoy arranged by the aid organisation “Das kunterbunte Kinderzelt” will leave for Romania on Saturday. Aid is urgently needed there. After all, the winter with temperatures of up to minus 30 degrees is just around the corner. The convoy is sponsored by the automotive supplier Anvis based in Steinau an der Straße. “One truck is full of presents for the children, while a second one is transporting mainly warm clothes and blankets,” explained Olaf Hahn, Managing Director of the Anvis Group. Das kunterbunte Kinderzelt e.V. has been running this Christmas campaign under the motto “A gift for you!” for many years now. Every year, around 5,000 to 6,000 parcels are handed over to needy children in Romania and Bulgaria by organisation staff just before Christmas. “This time, employees from Anvis too are helping to hand out the presents,” added Olaf Hahn. “The lovingly packed parcels contain not only toys and sweets but also essential items such as soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste.”
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More and more children in Eastern Europe are growing up without their parents – the children live with their grandparents, relatives or neighbours because their parents are working abroad. Romania is particularly affected by this. After all, it is already one of the poorest countries and investors are increasingly turning their backs on it owing to the current crisis affecting its neighbour Ukraine. An estimated 3.4 million Romanians – a fifth of the working population – work abroad. According to a survey carried out by UNICEF, they leave behind around 350,000 children.
Das kunterbunte Kinderzelt e.V. is an international children’s aid organisation which is active in Romania. The organisation has been operating the “Kindernestchen” day nursery as well as a family and children’s centre, organising sponsorships, providing children with artificial limbs, glasses, hearing aids and other medical aids and supporting families with children in the town of Balan since September 2008. Thanks to the support provided by Anvis, the world leader for anti-vibration components who opened a new plant in Romania this year, financing was available for this year’s convoy to Balan. “We meet the entire logistics costs of around € 3,000,” said Hahn.
Based in Schlüchtern and established in January 2004, “Das kunterbunte Kinderzelt e.V.” is an independent, non-denominational organisation which is officially recognised as a charity. As an umbrella organisation, it carries out projects in Germany and Romania. A local group in Wiehl as well as the Romanian counterpart form part of the umbrella organisation.

Key facts
The packing of the aid parcels in Vollmerz will begin at 7.30 on 6 December 2014. The aid convoy will then set off from Schlüchtern that same day.
If everything goes to plan, the convoy should arrive in Balan, Romania on 9 December.
Information for the press:
If you would like pictures of the convoy setting off from Schlüchtern or the goods being handed out in Romania, please feel free to call us or send us an e-mail.

About the Anvis Group
Whether engine, gearbox and chassis mounts, or exhaust suspensions and vibration dampers, Anvis components are installed in all parts of automobiles. Its main focus is the development of anti-vibration systems, i.e. systems to decouple vibrating parts in vehicles. The group achieves a turnover of over €300 million at its 13 sites around the world. Its customers mainly include leading automobile manufacturers such as the VW Group, BMW, Mercedes, Renault-Nissan or General Motors. The company also has expertise in other industries such as the rail and aviation industry. In 2013, the Anvis Group was taken over in full by Sumitomo Riko Company Limited (formerly Tokai Rubber Industries). Sumitomo Riko is the global market leader in the automotive vibration technology sector.
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