Current Suggestions

Each annual quarter, the purchasers of the annual collection set elect the three charity institutions which will be the patrons for the next three months. You can nominate the institutions yourself.

When the list of nominations gets too long, the last three  of  the list are being eliminated for the next nomination.

Here is the current list of nominations:

1.) Hände für Kinder e.V. (Hands for children)
The booster club “Hände für Kinder e.V.“  is going  to provide  a short term home for severely disabled children in order to take the weight off their parents shoulders for a little while ( the “Neuer Kupferhof”). In 2011 the association managed to buy the Kupferhof, in 2012 the remodeling took place. After that  the small guests with big handicaps are welcome at the Kupferhof. The Kupferhof and its team will take care of children and young adults who are severely disabled and need care and attention around the clock. This way, parents, who tend to their children 24/7 can have a bit of leisure time and recuperate from the intensive care.  At the Kupferhof therapists and nurses are also going to be there for consultations:

2.) Mildred Scheel Stiftung – Deutsche Krebshilfe (German Cancer Aid)
The foundation was started in 1974 by Mildred Scheel, spouse of our President at the time. The reason for this was, that every year 420.000 people in Germany are diagnosed with cancer, increasingly more and more of them being children younger than 15. The foundation is devoted to help the people concerned and their families and to improve prevention, early detection, diagnosis and therapy. The foundation is solely financed with donation money and doesn’t receive public funding:

3.) Stiftung Kinderherz
Every day, about 19 children in Germany are born with a heart defect. This amounts to appr. 7,000 children with cardiac problems per year. Quite frequently the babies are only a couple of weeks old when they have to undergo a complicated heart surgery for the first time. The foundation "Stiftung KinderHerz" aims at improving the medical treatment of the little patients in a continous and long lasting manner by promoting research projects at renowned medical centers for children's heart defects throughout Germany. The focus lies on different aspects, ranging from diagnosis and treatment to prevention, research and the development of new cures.

4.) Children’s Hospice “Lionheart“ in Syke
The children’s hospice “löwenherz” in Syke, close to Bremen, has eight rooms for extremely ill children, as well as for their parents and siblings. Children will be accepted, whose illness will be terminal, and who cannot be healed with today’s medical means. The association has made it their highest goal to make sure the hospice can stay open. It is the hospice’s assignment to enlighten society about the sensitive subject of “dying children” and to support the parents and siblings:

5.) Förderkreis zugunsten unfallgeschädigter Kinder e.V. (Registered Association for Children Injured in Accidents)
Children who were involved in accidents have had their share of crying, during shock and pain. With the help of capable doctors, they can soon jump and run around again. However, they often continue to suffer from emotional injuries such as anxiety and fear, so that they might not dare to visit a friend just round the corner anymore. Cops in Hamburg offer a special training for these children to help them regain courage and confidence. Training takes places on crosswalks, in the school's gym, on climbing trees, during night hikes, on two-week winter vacation camps, at the Baltic Sea and on pony farms. It's fun and healing at the same time.

6.) Ankerland e.V.
Ankerland e.V. is an association working to improve the lives of traumatized children and youths. Their mission is to establish the first counseling and treatment center in Hamburg where young trauma patients could get professional treatment, encompassing medical care, psychotherapy and family support. Ankerland also aims at increasing public awareness for the complex issue of children with trauma and provides a phone counseling service.

7.) NCL-Stiftung 
NCL (Neuronale Ceroid Lipofuszinose) is a deadly form of dementia in children. Already at primary school age the children show the first symptoms – they go blind. Over the years they forget everything they have learned, lose the ability to talk, walk and to act. In addition they have epileptic seizures. Hardly ever a child will turn older than 30. Nowadays NCL is not curable. This is why the NCL foundation has devoted itself to research for a medication against the disease:

8.) Dunkelziffer e.V.
Making children stronger - protecting children. Many small girls and boys don’t have a carefree childhood. They are being neglected, mistreated and sexually abused, most often by the people who are responsible for their well being. We help in all of Germany with consultation and therapy, making children stronger by enforcing prevention and encourage grown-ups to engage in protecting children from sexual abuse:

9.) Die Deutsche Rettungsflugwacht
The German Air Rescue Service was founded on the initiative of the Björn Steiger charity, and operates emergency rescue helicopters in Germany and across Europe. An operation like this would not be possible without the supporting members or donations that cover around a quarter of the costs. A single a helicopter costs 4-5 million euros, and due to European regulations all older models have to be replaced by 2009.
The Björn Steiger charity is the main reason for Germany introducing the emergency services.  Ambulances equipped with radio communications and specialist medical care, emergency phones and allot of other emergency innovations can all be traced back to the Björn Steiger charity. Without these, the accident statistics would definitely be much worse.

10.) KULTURISTENHOCH2 (literal translation: "CULTURISTS TO THE TWO") | Joy and full participation in view of elderly poverty – against loneliness and isolation
The aim of the project is to enable seniors of Hamburg who are facing financial or physical limitations to attend cultural activities free of charge and to do so together with upper grade students age 16+ from their neighborhood, thus granting social and cultural inclusion. The cultural events serve as a basis for the cross-generation encounters - to promote inclusion, contacts, interaction and solidarity within the respective areas of Hamburg. Young people get socially involved at an early age and assume responsibility for the city and the society.