The theme of this year’s annual international Safer Internet Day on February 6th was “Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you”. SCHAU HIN! and Spreadshirt honored the cause by organizing a special Safer Internet Day 2018 design competition. From February 6th to 13th, the participants could design a tote bag matching the hashtag #mitRespektunterwegs. In doing so, they take up the cause of showing more respect online.
Social Media offers a space for bullying away from the school yard. That’s why students from the German city of Cottbus have initiated the project “Cyber-Mobbing – Aufgeklärt!” (Engl.: Cyberbullying – Explained!) to help students deal with bullying appropriately. For the sixth time, the project organized a short-film contest, to spread the word about the effects of cyberbullying. Spreadshirt supported the event by donating the gift cards for the main prize.
Hope Café has been serving the community of Lee St Fawkner, Australia, for six years now. For those in need, providing a free three-course meal to the local community every Thursday night proved a very welcome idea. It’s a safe and warm welcome space for people to make friendships and eat great food. Hope Café also provides an assertive outreach to the local hotels and squats to help the homeless and those in crisis. In doing so, the Hope Café gives people much needed provides support and assistance. The café is run purely through donations from those within the church and local community.
O-Ringen, the world’s biggest Orienteering competition took place in Arvika, Sweden, between 22-28 July. About 15,000 competitors from all over the world come to Sweden every year to take part in this unique sport event. Just watching the event will set your whole body on fire, and it’s an indescribable feeling to run through the Swedish forest when taking part.
A robotics club from Cholet, France – Le Club Robotique Choletais – took part in the European Robotics Cup for a third time running. The competition is designed to foster scientific and technological advancement, and the young robotics team contributed two self-built robots. This year’s theme of the competition is Moon Village, and the robots are all set to complete a mission by conquering the moon. The Moon Village challenge was issued by ESA (European Space Agency) in March 2016 and is scheduled to take place in 20 years’ time. The goal is to set up a permanent camp on the moon’s surface while gathering resources on site. An international collaboration program is pooling the knowledge and competencies of multiple disciplines of all countries involved. The Moon Village project will be the first step towards populating space.
Maintaining a healthy diet helps you improve your physical condition and keep your weight in check. You’re also bound to boost your energy levels and sense of happiness. Changing your eating habits can be a daunting task, however, as it means having to adjust to new tastes and discipline.
One for Ireland – a unique youth-run fundraising campaign to bring together retailers, media and businesses ventures and charities – fosters youth projects all over Ireland. In just two years, One for Ireland has raised almost €300,000 and supported 13 charities nationwide. Once a year the NGO aims to make a difference for the most pressing youth projects by raising funds from €1 donations received in a matter of 4 days.
Hospice ADVENA is a care facility for terminally ill people of 18 years or older. Hospices in Germany do not receive state subsidies, and this is why ADVENA depends on collecting monthly donations to continue to exist. This year, the hospice celebrates its 20th birthday, making it count among the oldest hospices in Leipzig. This year’s anniversary campaign “You won’t die alone” is designed to raise awareness for the hard work of the hospice.
Spreadshirt’s running team laid down a marker against hate and discrimination at Leipzig’s annual company run. Coinciding with International T-Shirt Day on June 21st, it was a perfect occasion to wear running t-shirts taking an unequivocal stand. Some 60 runners had their shirts adorned with big letters and creative slogans to compete in the race against bullying, racism and hate online.
Some 9,000 runners took part in the 41th Leipzig Marathon in April. Leipzig’s University of Applied Science (HTWK) sent some 180 students, profs, alumni and other staff as well.