In September 2013, employees in the German group companies of Phonak, Unitron and Advanced Bionics were given an insight into the work of the foundation during a Hear the World Day.
The keynote speaker at the Hear the World Day was Dr. Michaela Fuchs, a German ear-nose-throat doctor, who set up a hearing center in the Kenyan capital Nairobi in 2008 together with the Hear the World Foundation. Dr. Fuchs, who still runs the center, gave the employees a striking insight into her work with some very personal stories and fascinating photographs, all of which left a lasting impression. A small auction of office furniture was held after the talk with staff donating the proceeds to the project.
However, this was only the starting point for a host of ideas from employees that took shape in the months that followed. One of these was a Tupperware party, the takings from which were added to the steadily growing pot of donations. One colleague also revealed her hidden talent for handicrafts, selling many handmade sculptures of all kinds to staff and passing on the proceeds to the management.
What was particularly impressive, however, was the employees’ willingness to forego Christmas presents this year and donate the equivalent value to the Hear the World Foundation.
All of this meant that Dr. Michaela Fuchs could be handed a check at the Christmas party for EUR 10,000 to support the Hear the World Foundation project “Regain Hearing - Join Life.” “We were all inspired by the project and the work Dr. Michaela Fuchs is doing, and are delighted that we can make a small contribution to ensuring that children with hearing loss receive a proper education,” said Wolfgang Bennedik, CEO of Phonak GmbH in Germany.