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COLOGNE, Germany - Ford Global Week of Caring is a world-wide initiative for Ford employees to support charitable projects close to home and work.
This year, across Europe, nearly 600 employees engaged in 31 projects. Armed with a hammer, shovel, brush, art supplies, books, or simply time, workers from Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Austria, Romania, Spain and the Czech Republic delivered new play houses and dug sand pits for poorly children, helped blind people to lead a "normal life", and enriched the lives of mentally handicapped young people through leisure activities.
In Romania, Ford volunteers helped to renovate a children's hospital which was in extremely poor condition. Belgian employees supported an organization for people with disabilities. In the UK workers carried out tasks for the "Wildlife Trust," a long-standing collaboration to protect endangered species, as well as supporting local schools.
Elsewhere, in Austria volunteers helped build a homeless shelter and raise funds for worthy causes. And employees from Valencia helped children from broken homes by donating personal hygiene items. Needy mothers were supported with clothes and dresses.
Meanwhile, in Germany, volunteers worked on several projects at the outdoors and gardening school (Freiluga) which teaches children the importance of a healthy environment. In addition, a team of 20 employees helped construct a field railway at an open-air museum Lindlar.
Other causes supported included a children's festival for children in need, centres for elderly people, children’s homes and hospitals, as well as an animal shelter. Ford retirees, as well as active employees participated.
Many projects not only bring short-term relief, but provide year long support too, and year-on-year and the number of volunteers supporting Ford’s Global Week of Caring continues to grow.
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