The resultant sum left nearly all those involved “flabbergasted”: About €6,000 were collected in a fundraising campaign, organized by EASY SOFTWARE AG, on behalf of the local initiative “WiM – Willkommen in Mülheim (Welcome to Mülheim)”. “We’re fully aware that companies may also take on social responsibility in the current situation regarding Germany’s refugee influx so, as a Mülheim-based company, getting involved in our hometown seemed an obvious choice,” says EASY CEO Willy Cremers, commenting on this charitable donation.
“Although, like others, EASY SOFTWARE AG is unable to save the world at the last minute, we still hope that we were able to make a small contribution through our fundraising campaign to improve at least the situation of these newcomers to Mülheim. It’s simply magnificent how our employees and executive have joined forces to serve such a good cause,” adds company spokesman Joachim Brysch.
Instead of sending Christmas cards to partners and customers, EASY decided to launch a fundraising campaign this year. The organization WiM was selected from among a list of prospective beneficiaries. Under the direction of its founder, Reinard Jehles, this organization distributes donations of food, clothes and money to people seeking refuge in Mülheim from persecution and war in their home countries. More than 80 volunteers working in this local initiative are looking after people arriving in Mülheim, with many refugees themselves now being involved as volunteers.
EASY SOFTWARE AG placed a donation box at its premises which met with a positive response from its employees. Thus the “EASYans” collected a total sum of €6,079.10, which was handed over as a check by Willy Cremers and Martina Appold to the WiM executive on December 9, 2015.
“We’d never ever have thought we’d receive such a sum,” said Steffi Tapp and Anoar Derbo of WiM, visibly delighted with the Christmas donation from EASY. “The money comes at the right time and we already have a few ideas on how to actually use it”