INTERSPAR and SPAR Austria support children’s health

May 22, 2024 IN THE CATEGORY: Health, Responsible retailing

INTERSPAR Hypermarkets and SPAR Austria provide crucial support for children facing significant health challenges in Austria. INTERSPAR Hypermarkets donated €62,000 to the EB House Austria in Salzburg, underscoring its commitment to aiding children with Epidermolysis bullosa (EB), a genetic skin disease. SPAR Austria's collaboration with partners raised €100,000 for the KINDERleben initiative, highlighting a broader commitment to children's health.

INTERSPAR Hypermarkets donation

INTERSPAR Hypermarkets in Austria recently donated €62,000 to the EB House Austria in Salzburg. It’s the only specialist clinic nationwide for children living with the genetic, and so far incurable, disease Epidermolysis bullosa (EB).

The patient organisation DEBRA Austria runs the clinic financed by donations, making continuous support necessary. INTERSPAR Hypermarkets has supported the EB House for 17 years, raising a total of €751,000. Donations comprise the sales proceeds of butterfly-shaped pastries baked in INTERSPAR bakeries and sold nationwide in INTERSPAR Hypermarkets.

The EB House contributes to the diagnosis of the disease and provides medical care for those affected in terms of research, training, and education of medical professionals. Butterfly children receive competent medical care, counselling, and support from doctors and nursing staff at the clinic.

“INTERSPAR sees itself as an integral part of the neighbourhood. That is why it is important for us to support the community. Employees of INTERSPAR bakeries and INTERSPAR Hypermarkets are committed to the charity campaign. The donation of €62,000 would not be possible without our customers,” said Johannes Holzleitner, Managing Director of INTERSPAR Austria.

SPAR Austria raise funds

At a charity dinner, SPAR Austria and partners collected €100,000 for the KINDERleben initiative of the unser_kind association. The evening was hosted by SPAR Austria at the Mezzanine restaurant & bar in the INTERSPAR Hypermarkt Schottentor. Michelin-starred chef Paul Ivić cooked for the guests while radio and television presenter Andi Knoll hosted the event. Dozens of companies donated to promote research in paediatrics and paediatric intensive care.

SPAR Austria is a long-standing partner of the Comprehensive Center for Pediatrics (CCP) of the Medical University of Vienna at Vienna General Hospital, where seriously ill children are cared for. “We are happy to make our restaurant available for this important cause and invite our local partners to join us in treating and healing children. The successes show how well this gratifying donation of €100,000 is invested for the health of the weakest in our society,” said SPAR Austria Board member Markus Kaser.

Source: SPAR Austria

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About SPAR Austria

The origins of SPAR in Austria date back to 1954, but the current SPAR AG was created in 1970 when the original founding families joined other regional wholesalers to form SPAR Austria AG – a 100% privately owned Austrian company. With licences granted by SPAR International, ASPIAG (Austria SPAR International AG) has developed the brand in Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia, and Northern Italy.

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