A total of 146 items were sorted out and prepared for an auction in late summer. The interest of Fendt employees in buying the industrial-quality workshop accessories at auction was great: around 300 Fendt employees came to the former training workshop, which had been converted into an auction hall. A total of 26,600 euros was raised - also because some bidders rounded up the amount for the good cause. The event was organized by the apprentices and their training supervisor Simon Mößmer, naturally in compliance with 3G rules and mask requirements as safety measures against the Corona pandemic. The Marktoberdorf youth fire department took care of catering the guests with drinks and food.
The training workshop for apprentices at the Marktoberdorf site moved to new location on the Fendt factory premises this year. In the run-up to the move, there was a major inventory and clean-up campaign. During this preparation, the idea for a fundraising campaign was born. "All the machines and items are fully functional, but some of them are already more than 60 years old. As part of the redesign of the training workshop, new inventory and tools were purchased. Our apprentices suggested auctioning off the good but aging parts and donating the money to flood relief," reports Simon Mößmer, head of the training workshop at Fendt.
Collecting donations through an auction
The proceeds will be divided and an amount of 1,500 euros each will be donated to 10 affected kindergartens and daycare centers in the Ahr Valley. The remaining amount will be used for the purchase and donation of heaters and household appliances, as well as Christmas presents for children from affected families.
"We are very happy about this action of our trainees and the great willingness of our staff to donate," said Ingrid Bußjäger-Martin, Managing Director Finance & IT Fendt. "Our employee Erhard Witt from the Fendt cabin plant in Asbach-Bäumenheim will hand over the donation on behalf of all Fendt employees."
Together with the FC Bayern fan club "Red Wood Cats e.V.", Erhard Witt, a member of the Asbach-Bäumenheim works council, had already brought private donations and aid to the flood area in July, establishing local contacts in the process: "For me, it is a great pleasure to hand over the proceeds from the auction. The destruction on the ground is almost unimaginable and so we want to help as many people as possible."
Markus Noack and Eva Flügge from the Altenahr municipality were very pleased with the large donation. "100 percent of the money is going to the right places," said Markus Noack. "We are overwhelmed by the great willingness to help in recent months and especially that people so far from the south think of us and help," he added, touched.