AURELIUS supports refugees in need with EUR 1.25 million
- Practical help for people in special situations
- EUR 1.25 million donated from executive board and holding employees
- Operation of a school for refugee children in Lebanon and sea rescue service in the Mediterranean sea
Grünwald/Munich, December 2015 – The employees and Executive Board of the AURELIUS Holding have set up a non-profit organization known as the AURELIUS Refugee Initiative over the course of the last weeks. The registered charity has funds of EUR 1.25 million, donated by employees and members of the Executive Board and collected during this year’s AURELIUS Christmas party.
“2015 has been a very successful year for us. Now the time has come to share this success with those in need. Our new AURELIUS Refugee Initiative has been set up to support people in special situations instead of companies in special situations. Our goal is to support the refugees the best possible way on their often life-threatening journey towards a better life”, says AURELIUS CEO Dr. Dirk Markus.
Two aid projects already have been selected:
Funding of EUR 150,000 have been promised to a German non-profit organization called Orienthelfer (www.orienthelfer.de) for the operation of a school for around 240 Syrian refugee children over the next two years in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon.
In addition, the MOAS foundation (Migrant Offshore Aid Station, www.moas.eu) is supported by the AURELIUS Refugee Initiative. MOAS is a charity dedicated to saving lives in the Mediterranean. With the help of recon drones and their own rescue boats, MOAS localizes refugees and saves their lifes.
Further aid projects, including some promoting the integration of refugees here in Europe, are currently being evaluated.