Gebrüder Weiss, one of the leading transport companies in central and eastern Europe plans to initiate a project in Slovakia called 1 cent z každej zásielky / One Cent for each consignment aimed at supporting a protected workshop for mentally disabled people to help integrate them into society. Based on the company’s statistics, the total volume of their consignments transported will amount to €700,000; out of which €7,000 will go to this project.
The money will be used to finance the re-opening of the café Radnička, once a popular Bratislava meeting place for artists and tourists and well-remembered for its amiable service. The plan is for the café to open this summer. It will employ six disabled persons as well as two professional waiters to serve as supervisors.
Gebrüder Weiss has also agreed to underwrite some of the cost of the café’s well-known drink list. Before it was closed, many of its more famous patrons were honored with beverages offered in their names. The list included actors Július Satinský, Milka Vášáryová, Štefan Skrúcaný, or musicians Beáta Dubasová and Vašo Patejdl. These concoctions delighted customers but unfortunately were so expensive to make that little profit came from them.
Markus Jelleschitz of Gebrüder Weiss Slovensko was excited by the plans.
“Our company supports various communities and leisure activities aimed at improving the prospects the mentally disabled. I was electrified by the idea of a protected workplace in downtown Bratislava where we could aid the handicapped by simply ordering tea or coffee from them. I personally have experienced the wonderful feeling that comes when you can see disabled persons accomplishing meaningful work. Gebrüder Weiss plans to actively support such programs in the future, be they trainings or by employing the disabled with catering services at various receptions and social events.”
Gebrüder Weiss also actively supports the Radnička’s markets that are organized every September in the Primatial Square. The company’s plan is to not only to present the work of the disabled, but to also urge employers to hire them to work in the various venues. Through the years, the Radnička markets have given the opportunity to many young people to present their crafts, get involved in competitions and to show their talents and skills.
Gebrüder Weiss has 137 branches around the world, with more than 300 transport lines and 250,000 square metres of storage space. Annually, it transports almost 7.6 million consignments, handled by 4,500 employees. In recent years its investments into modern information technologies represent more than €100 million. The company is over 500 years old.
7. Jun 2011 at 0:00