€12,000 goes to charity projects across the Hamburg metro region

The winners of the fourth "Hamburg Airport. Moves. Neighbourhood Award" 2022 have been announced! On 16 November the auditorium of the Bugenhagenschule Alsterdorf was home to the prizegiving ceremony. Hamburg's Social Affairs Senator Dr. Melanie Leonhard in her function as patron, Michael Eggenschwiler, Chairman of the Executive Board at Hamburg Airport, and Anne Langensiepen, Head of Communications and Public Affairs at AviAlliance, selected the twelve prize winners. A total of 71 projects applied.

Online voting: over 16,600 votes for important projects

More than 16,600 people voted for their favourite project in the popular online voting. The three voting winners each received 1,500 euros for their projects. In the category Society & Social Issues, the most votes went to the project Deportation Detention Counselling of Bucerius Law School and the Refugee Law Clinic Hamburg. People affected by detention pending deportation can get free advice and representation in the process from law or social science students from various colleges and universities.

In the category Sustainability & Environment, the Hamburg animal welfare association Halona for Dogs e.V. achieved the most votes. To promote sustainable animal welfare, the association organises castration campaigns primarily in Romania. In addition, the association supports the Romanian animal shelter "Wonderland" with donations in kind and builds, among other things, new accommodation facilities to improve the living conditions of the dogs living there.

There was also great joy among the C-youth football team of JuS Fischbek, which won the voting prize in the Culture & Sport category with its project "No pain, no gain". The 12- to 13-year-old boys need high-quality equipment such as hurdles or poles for their training.

Jury assessment: Three winners in each category

Another three projects were able to enjoy the jury's first-place award of 1,250 euros. In the category Society & Social Issues, the reading project "Encouraging and awakening the joy of reading" of the association MENTOR - Die Leselernhelfer (MENTOR - The Reading Helpers) was convincing. Since 2004, the many volunteer reading mentors have been working at more than 120 Hamburg schools to help children and young people between the ages of 7 and 15 learn to read. The aim is to help the pupils achieve more equal opportunities in society through good reading skills.

In the Sustainability & Environment category, the Barmbeker Angelverein won out over its competitors. The approximately 50 members have taken on the task of renaturalising the Rahsee lake in Hamburg-Niendorf. Many animals worth protecting, such as kingfishers, herons and crayfish, have settled at the lake near the Tarpenbek. The prize money will be used to create new retreats and feeding areas, for example in the form of lily pads or sand and gravel areas.

Hamburg's first wheelchair handball team, the Freiwurf club, can also look forward to the prize money of 1,250 euros. Anyone who wants to can join the team - even without a disability. The focus is on togetherness, team spirit and encounters at eye level. Special sports wheelchairs are needed for inclusive handball.

In addition to the voting winners and the first-place winners, six other projects will receive funding through the jury's decision. The clubs and initiatives of the three second-placed projects each received 750 euros in prize money: a project to place refugees in voluntary work, a CO2-neutral air sports club in Neumünster and an inclusive sports event in Alsterdorf. Third place in their category went to the Octopus family café in the Theodorus children's day hospice for parents of seriously ill children in Eidelstedt, a sustainable scout group and a summer camp for children and young people in Alsterdorf-Langenhorn. They each received 500 euros for their charitable projects.

Prominent patron: Social Senator supports Neighbourhood Award

Particularly prominent support is given to the "Hamburg Airport. Moves. Neighbourhood Award 2022" receives particularly prominent support from Dr Melanie Leonhard, Social Affairs Senator of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, who has assumed patronage for the second time: "Today, everyone is a winner. The diversity of the projects submitted shows how much creativity and heart and soul the people of Hamburg put into working for the common good in their neighbourhood. That makes me proud. The Neighbourhood Award makes this strength visible and supports the commitment. I am pleased to be a part of it again."

"The fourth Neighbourhood Award is all about diversity. It is simply wonderful to experience that so many people in the metropolitan region are equally committed to community, animal and nature volunteering. As an airport, we are part of this neighbourhood. And with this award, we would like to do our part to recognise and promote this great commitment. This will continue to be an honorary task for us in the future," says Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO of Hamburg Airport.