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Our heartfelt commitment: A 'Yes' to life!

25.12.2019

The sun shines through the large windows of the spacious house and makes everything look brighter for a moment. This is hope and comfort. It is not easy to live carefree in the Ronald McDonald House in Bad Oeynhausen - not even at Christmas time. It takes a lot of encouragement for the families who have found a 'temporary home' here and who have a common desire in their hearts: for their children or siblings to be treated at the Center for Congenital Heart Defects of the Heart and Diabetes Center NRW (University Clinic of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum) and to get well again.


Health is not something we can give as a present. However, we can contribute to the fact that there is such a special place for the families of seriously ill children to regain strength and to be together. Such a house of the Ronald McDonald Foundation was built in September 2001 in our neighbouring town Bad Oeynhausen, and we were immediately enthusiastic about it. Up to twelve families with seriously ill children can live here in a friendly, homely atmosphere.


 


 „Yes – to life!“



The house was designed by international star architect Frank Gehry, who also designed the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. He donated his version of a 'temporary home' to the Ronald McDonald Haus in Bad Oeynhausen - in the middle of the city's spa gardens. The neighbouring clinic is only a few minutes' walk away.
At the centre of the architecture is the "Y" - the "Yes to life!" This is the central theme throughout the entire house: from the floor plan of the building to the colourful dining table in the middle of the large kitchen. The ambience is a metaphor for the quality of life parents and siblings are jointly striving for.


 


Making a difference together



The KÖRBER employees also appreciate the fact that our donation serves a good purpose and is transparent for us.  "We see the effect. At the same time we are happy to be part of a large network of friends and supporters who support families in difficult and emotionally very stressful circumstances. Specifically, the KÖRBER donation is used for the regular maintenance of a Hans-Körber-Apartment, in which the entire family can feel completely at home", says Gaby Körber, Head of Human Resources. "I am sure that we are acting completely in the interests of our customers and business partners, and we would like to thank them wholeheartedly for their good cooperation again this year".


The KÖRBER team wishes everyone a pleasant Christmas season and a good finish until the end of the year.  

Photos: © McDonald’s Kinderhilfe Stiftung, Konstantin Yuganov/AdobeStock; Grafik Astrid Farthmann

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