A support of twenty-five thousand euros from BMW to help children recover

BMW Group Plant Debrecen Health Center has decided to support the Pediatric Clinic of the University of Debrecen with a HUF 10 million grant for the construction of a playground, the development of a community space and the care of chronically ill children. The amount was handed over by representatives of the company at a ceremony on Thursday.

Through BMW Group Plant Debrecen Health Center, the foundation Karl-Monz Stiftung supports an organization in Debrecen named Nők a Rákos, Fogyatékos és Krónikus Beteg Gyermekekért Alapítvány [Women for Children with Cancer, Disabilities and Chronic Diseases], which means an award of twenty-five thousand euros.

- By providing a variety of means of support, we want to give something back to the city of Debrecen, which is a developing entity, be it in the field of healthcare or education. This helps us as well, because our employees who work here also live here. We consider it important to do something for the community - said Hans-Peter Kemser, President and CEO of BMW Group Plant Debrecen.

Tamás Szabó, the director of the clinical unit, noted at the press conference that the support of companies, NGOs and private individuals always means a lot, as the donations can be used to implement significant developments.

- In addition to sources coming from central funding, foundation support and grants are also very important for us. The foundations of the children's clinic do receive a lot of these, which we can use to achieve significant improvements in active patient care. This year, we have already spent around HUF 50 million of foundation funds on the purchase of ultrasound equipment, a laparoscopic tower and physiotherapy equipment essential in pediatric rehabilitation, among other things - said Tamás Szabó, Director of the Pediatric Clinic of the University of Debrecen Clinical Centre.

The donation offer from BMW Group Plant Debrecen will be used to treat chronically ill children at the Pediatric Clinic.

- We are very grateful indeed for your support. This money will improve the quality of life, care and the physical and mental well-being of children suffering from certain types of diabetes, endocrine diseases and other chronic illnesses, such as obesity and celiac disease. In addition, it will also provide support to the families of these sick children - said György Balla, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for the University of Debrecen named after Count István Tisza.

László Papp, Mayor of Debrecen, underlined that the University of Debrecen and the business community are strong allies in the provision of these “caring” activities of Debrecen.

Our city is not only about development projects but also about a number of causes that serve charitable purposes. It is very important for the city of Debrecen to have allies in its care providing policy. One of our most important partners in this respect is the University of Debrecen, with its professionals who utilize their fantastic knowledge and performance, ‘fighting’ for the health of people of Debrecen and the surrounding region. The health sector deserves all the support it receives, and we can also count on the business community in this effort too,” said the Mayor of Debrecen.

Among other investments, the twenty-five-thousand-euro grant will be used to build a playground for the children who are treated at the clinic.

I wish to thank you for this support on behalf of the children. The quality of life for children with chronic illnesses means a lot in their healthcare. It is very important that, in addition to high-quality healthcare, they should also receive both physical and mental recreation, whether in the form of an outing, a camp or playing together. Being together with their peers in a community makes it much easier for children to move ahead and overcome everyday difficulties,” said Assistant Professor Enikő Felszeghy, a member of the Board of Trustees of the foundation Women for Children with Cancer, Disabilities and Chronic Diseases.

The grant was presented by the management of BMW Group Plant Debrecen to the representatives of the foundation and the children's clinic at an event held at the Pediatric Clinic on Thursday.

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