Charity is a matter of the heart for ENERGETIX. In addition to its other charity commitments, ENERGETIX also recently took part in the 20th anniversary of RTL’s telethon – a mega event that supports children in need. The target: to generate as much money for the good cause in 24 hours as possible. A wide range of different activities were arranged to achieve this goal.
The treadmill challenge
Joining in with spectacular activities for eight years: extreme sports endurance personality, ENERGETIX friend and enthusiastic wearer of sportEX – Joey Kelly. His ambitious target for 2015: to endure 24 hours on a treadmill. A further 20 treadmills were also set up on which relay teams representing such companies as ENERGETIX also ran for an entire 24 hours.
Team spirit par excellence
ENERGETIX also fielded a team for one of the 20 treadmills. It included highly motivated business partners and friends who had travelled to the event from all over Germany; our thanks go to:
• Christina Baldes
• Britta Hartmann
• Uwe Langhorst
• Leon Langhorst
• Andreas Kasulke
• Andreas Räwel
• Wolfgang Düsener
• Ralf Schmülling
• Elke Berndt
• Hans Jürgen Schmitz
• Ralf Unger
• Sabine Kaiser-Martin
• Markus Schweizer
• Joachim Hogg
• Dagmar Hüser
• Kirstin Lutz
• Annegret Latzel
• Frank Reinhardt
• Sven Eder
• Rudi Schmidt
ENERGETIX’s Andreas Förster, Fabiana Reichmann, Jessica Schlick and Petra Schmeing cheered the team on from the sidelines as tireless motivators and organizers.
Joey Kelly and the 24-hour challenge
Yes, Joey kept going and did the entire 24 hours on his own. But he wasn’t really alone, of course, because the 20 teams of runners (including teams representing Bauhaus, Postbank, Sparda Bank, Deutsche Post and Luke Kelly) were also present in the large hall with each relay team running on separate treadmills. They also gave their all. The companies donated 10 euros to be added to the grand total for every kilometre run.
Roland Förster live on TV
Roland Förster, Sole Shareholder and CEO, joined the host, Wolfram Kons, at the RTL Studios in Cologne on Friday evening. This was also when the total amount that ENERGETIX would be donating was revealed: 70,000 euros!
Celebrity patrons such as Til Schweiger, Joachim Löw, Mario Götze, Lena Gercke, Michael Patrick Kelly (Joey’s younger brother) and Malala Yousafzai (Nobel Peace Prize winner) and their projects also provided additional support during the massive fund-raising event.
The RTL telethon has been staged since 1996 and is the longest running charity show in the history of German television. More than 100 celebrities have participated as project patrons for selected children’s charities. Everyone can help: viewers can naturally also call during the show and donate. The show has raised more than 143 million euros for children in need in Germany and all over the world. And what’s really important: every cent goes to charity! Because most of the staffing, production and management costs are borne by the RTL Television channel itself.
More than ever before
At its 20th anniversary on 19 and 20 November, the telethon, which was hosted by Wolfram Kons, set another outstanding record: more than 10 million euros was raised for children in need.
‘RTL – Wir helfen Kindern’ (“We help children”) has supported more than 140 larger projects and hundreds of smaller national and international projects. Thousands of children have thus been given the chance for a better future.
ENERGETIX is proud to have been a part of this impressive charity event with its business partners and friends.
We’ve put together the best photos of the event in a Flickr album for you here.