Wetzlar. A phone call between two colleagues started the ball rolling, and the number of people who wanted to help grew quickly. In total, the associates collected 5,000 Euro, and Leica Microsystems doubled the amount. On October 12, Melanie Hammerschmidt-Broman and Knud Müller from Leica Microsystems’ Finance department issued a 10,000 Euro check to the local aid organization, Arbeitskreis Flüchtlingshilfe of Flüchtlingshilfe Mittelhessen e.V.
Deacon Harald Würges of the Protestant church of Niedergirmes, a district of Wetzlar, and Heidi Janina Stiewink from Arbeitskreis Flüchtlingshilfe were delighted to accept the donation. In addition to this, Leica Microsystems will equip refugees with everyday things such as backpacks and t-shirts.
Heidi Janina Stiewink was very grateful and impressed by the charitable contribution. She comments: "Thank you ever so much for this great idea to help and support people who have come a long way and found refuge here in Wetzlar. This is a most extraordinary act of altruism. It’s something big, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts."
"The money will help counsel refugees on the entire application process. Often they do not know what will happen after they have arrived, or know anything about the region. This uncertainty is very hard to bear," explains Deacon Harald Würges.
"Refugee aid is a challenge, and global companies such as Leica Microsystems can play an important role," says Markus Lusser, President of Leica Microsystems. "We are proud of the proactivity and the willingness of our associates to help, and readily supported the initiative."