Tuttlingen, 9/5/2019: To mark the International Day of Charity on September 05, 2019, the supporting organization of the German Doctors NGO decided to hold various fundraisers to support the work of German physicians in the slums of Calcutta by a donation of around 10,000 €.
As a longstanding member of the supporting organization, KARL STORZ participated by holding a fundraising drive as well: The company management gave one euro for each kilometer run by KARL STORZ employees in this year’s running events run & fun (June 29 and 30, 2019) and Berlin Company Race (May 22, 2019). Dr. h. c. mult. Sybill Storz and Karl-Christian Storz then generously topped off the collected 683 € to a total of 2000 €.
“With the fundraising campaign to mark the International Day of Charity, we would like to honor the exemplary volunteer work of German Doctors and join other members of the supporting organization in contributing to the basic medical care of people in the slums of Calcutta”, said Dr. h. c. mult. Sybill Storz.
In an official ceremony, the donation was presented to Dr. Elisabeth Kauder, president of the NGO and physician volunteer of German Doctors. “We appreciate the commitment of KARL STORZ and Dr. Sybill Storz, who have been providing financial and non-financial support to German Doctors for many years. With this excellent initiative, the German Doctors’ supporting organization not only helps us provide local medical care but also raises awareness of the project and the numerous physicians who volunteer their time”, explained Elisabeth Kauder.
For more than 30 years, the volunteer physicians of German Doctors have been providing basic medical care for people in disaster areas and poverty-stricken regions. To ensure the health care of poor people in the slums of Calcutta, three teams of two doctors each as well as translators and nurses drive to various slum outpatient clinics in the city every day to treat patients. As part of the Calcutta project, which was initiated in 1983, about 40,000 treatments are performed annually. The donation by the support organization will pay for the medications needed by one team of physicians in the slum outpatient clinics for a quarter of a year.
About German Doctors:
German Doctors is an internationally active NGO that sends volunteer physicians to projects in the Philippines, India, Bangladesh, Kenya, and Sierra Leone. The physicians champion a life in dignity and provide health care and training to disadvantaged people in the project regions. Physicians perform medical missions for 6 weeks during their annual leave or after they have retired and do not receive any remuneration. Since 1983, more than 3400 physicians have performed over 7400 medical missions. In this way, German Doctors has provided lasting help for more than 30 years.
Further information on the donation drive
The supporting organization established in April 2011 is an alliance of companies who support German Doctors with their expertise and thereby help implement projects in developing countries.
This year, the supporting organization of German Doctors is for the first time conducting various charity events before and around the International Day of Charity on September 5th to raise awareness of German Doctors and the volunteer work done by many physicians. To support this work, the participating companies held various drives to collect donations that will help provide basic medical care in the Calcutta project. The goal: 10,000 € for outpatient clinics in the slums of Calcutta.