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Koehler cycles

126,459 kilometers peddled for a good cause

24.02.2020

The Freiburg Society for Children with Cancer will receive a donation of 10,000 euros. Koehler employees are collecting kilometers and thus donations. The campaign "Koehler cycles" gets a further through business bike.

126,459 kilometers peddled for a good cause

Kai Furler likes to have dates like this on his calendar. The CEO of the Koehler Group was delighted to present the Förderverein für krebskranke Kinder e.V. with a 10,000-euro donation, which the company’s employees had collected through the “Koehler cycles” campaign. Bernd Rendler gratefully accepted the check.

“Our catchment area now covers the whole of Germany,” he reported. When it comes to the treatment of cancer patients, the Medical Center of the University of Freiburg enjoys a reputation that extends far beyond the national borders. “Our Parents’ House records some 1,700 overnight stays every month.” There, parents can accompany their children and be present during their treatment.

The children are the winners

The friends’ association is currently planning a new building for the Parents’ House, as the current house has reached its capacity limits. The new Parents’ House, which bears the project name “A temporary home”, is due to be completed by 2022. The project is estimated to costs some 13 million euros, to which Koehler has once again made a small contribution.

“It’s quite remarkable that with Kai Furler, the second generation of entrepreneurs is now supporting us so energetically,” says Rendler. Furler is pleased to pass on the thanks. “Our employees participate in the campaign year after year,” he says. “The biggest winners are the children, whom we can help a bit in this way.”

CO2 emissions reduced by 20 tons

In order to participate in the “Koehler cycles” campaign, employees have to enter the kilometers that they have covered by bike on the company’s intranet. Koehler donates 5 cents per kilometer. Thus, in 2019, some 126,459 kilometers and 6,322.95 euros were accumulated, which the company management rounded up to 10,000 euros.

At the same time, the kilometers cycled mean a saving of around 19,000 euros in fuel costs and over 20,000 kilograms of CO2. For Stefan Grözinger, Head of Personnel Development at Koehler, the campaign also highlights other aspects. “As a company, the campaign benefits us in a number of ways,” he says. “Our employees are doing something for their health and for the environment. They also help to ensure that those who are not as well off as we are receive some support.”

In January, the odometer was reset to zero and is already diligently collecting again so that we will be able to hand over a donation next year as well.

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