As the year comes to a close, all of us at the Children for Tomorrow find that we have a lot to be thankful for. Many generous donations from individuals and groups have greatly helped to improve our ability to treat traumatized and expand our reach to those children. Every donation is greatly appreciated.
To note just a couple of recent examples of tremendous generosity, at the end of September, the Cash Gala, sponsored by Cash Medien AG, collected EUR 27,000 on behalf of the Foundation. And now, everyone involved with our organization is honored to hear that our team in Hamburg will be presented with the Marion Dönhoff-advancement award which includes a EUR 20,000 prize. The Marion Dönhoff award acknowledges people and organizations who act to improve international understanding and reconciliation.
Receiving this award from Marion Dönhoff foundation, which has done a great deal to promote peace and cooperation around the world, greatly encourages us in our efforts for children, who particularly suffer from the consequences of war, expulsion and violence. It is very clear in the daily work at the foundation that children’s mental health is a fundamental building block for peaceful social coexistence and the ability to integrate within a multicultural society.
On behalf of the foundation, I would sincerely like to thank the jury and their chair, Mr. Theo Sommer and the founders, the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT, the ZEIT-foundation ebelin, Mr. Gerd Bucerius and the Marion Dönhoff foundation.
Since I unfortunately will not be able to attend the award ceremony, I also wish to take the opportunity here to thank all readers of DIE ZEIT, who nominated us for the award. Both donations from Cash Medien AG as well as from the Marion Dönhoff award helps us not only to make a difference in lives of the children we treat but hopefully also raises awareness of the psychological impact that violence can have on a society and its children.