1400 EURO Donation

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Health Fair Generates 1400 Euros For innocent people in need

Bernd Höhle Report by Bernd Höhle, MjrGen CSLI, Commander SOF

Schaafheim (Hessen): For the fourth time since 2009 the Schaafheim based Healthcare Days took place from the 28. February to the 3. of March 2015. On two days the fair was all about one topic: Prevention and treatment. Particular attention was paid to the operation of a holistic approach – alongside conventional medicine this offers a wide choice and was represented again this year by alternative treatment methods and service offerings.

Dr. Thomas Draxler (Group Leader SOF and Captain CSLI) and Markus K. Sell (Squad Leader SOF and 1st Lieutenant CSLI) of the local Department of Health organized this popular fair together for the second time. From the outset it was clear that, in addition to the numerous health facilities, the subject of volunteering should also occupy a place in this event.

The funds generated from the cafeteria are donated to charity so all proceeds from the sales of food and beverages, amounting of 1400 Euros, were passed this year in equal shares to the social projects of the Protestant and Catholic Churches in Schaafheim. Both churches operate a Relief Fund, quickly and efficiently helping innocent citizens in distress with financial support. Thanks to numerous donations of cakes, and using volunteer helpers, it was possible to make all receipts available as donations.

Another highlight of the event was the exhibition of paintings by local artist Martin Arnholdt. Under the slogan “Part of Me”, Arnholdt presented images that are created in collaboration with his children. He sets children’s drawings with their own elements reinterpreted and painted in acrylic on canvas. His works always incorporate the volunteering ideal with 20% of the sales price per image donated to children’s charities. In an interview with the organizers Arnholdt stressed: “Children have inspired me with their ideas for the paintings. That is why a portion of the proceeds is returned for the good of children.”

Squad Leader Sell also supervised a voluntary work booth at the Healthcare Days, in which he talked about the numerous aid projects of the Department of Health and described the cooperation between the SOF and CSLI, and the Ecumenical Secular Knights Association, ORSS.

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