Just like in previous years, the “Turbo Run” for children in need was a resounding success. With this initiative, Turbo Systems colleagues taking part record the kilometers they have covered for their respective facility, which in return donates the corresponding amount to support aid organizations. In 2017, 14 major running events were held during the “Turbo Run” season, including the Family Run in Ningbo (China) with 700 participants, the Group Hike in PyongTaek (South Korea), the participation of Kirchheimbolanden (Germany) in the Company Run in Kaiserslautern and the participation of Oroszlány (Hungary) in the Ultrabalaton. However, focus is not only on group events, as individual runs are also important. The Itatiba facility (Brazil) for example rewarded runners who had covered 100 kilometers with an exclusive SOS running shirt. The combined distance covered by all BorgWarner employees was more than 710,000 kilometers. Frédéric Lissalde, Executive Vice President and CEO at BorgWarner, handed over the total donation of €70,000, which was first distributed among the facilities and then passed on to children’s aid organizations. The beneficiaries included SOS Children’s Villages, One in A Million and Mission Health Children’s Hospital.
Material and other donations
In addition to our running commitments, more than 40 initiatives were held worldwide at the individual locations, during which BorgWarner employees were able to support our SOS Partner Villages through fundraising, material donations or assistance services. The Ningbo facility donated important household goods, while the Taicang facility (China) provided twelve PCs, which are to be used to establish a computer room for children and teenagers. Our colleagues from Rzészów (Poland) and Asheville (USA) provided study materials for the new school year. Staff at Turbo Energy Limited in India supported our partnership with the SOS Children’s Villages and donated money to renovate a house for an SOS family in Tambaram.
To strengthen the bond between SOS children and BorgWarner, our colleagues in PyongTaek, Ramos (Mexico), and Oroszlány invited the children and young people to attend a tour of their respective facility. Our young guests were able to learn more about our products in a fun environment by putting together turbochargers. Beside the fun factor, the intention behind activities of this kind is to encourage children and young people to consider a career in this field and motivate them to study and pursue their goals.
Games, fun, and support
To fill the donation pots for the SOS Children’s Villages, some of the locations organized extremely creative activities. In Ramos, for example, each month one department assumes responsibility for organizing fundraising events such as football tournaments, sales of homebaked goods, or cake-throwing competitions. After all, everybody wins when enjoyment and fun are combined with a good cause. In PyongTaek, the BorgWarner Business Units Turbo Systems and Morse Systems collaborated for the SOS project by organizing an auction, a “charity café”, and a flea market. To support their SOS Partner Village in India, our colleagues from Bradford (Great Britain) raise money by selling books and organizing football tournaments. They also offer a “dress-down” Friday in exchange for a donation.
Our “can do” attitude is also underlined by the practical support provided by several facilities for their local SOS Partner Villages. In Oroszlány and Kirchheimbolanden, for example, employees renovated SOS playgrounds and buildings, as well as doing gardening work. Colleagues from Kirchheimbolanden also provided support for the youth camp and a football tournament, while the trainees traversed the SOS forest to remove garbage. The Secret Santa initiatives organized by several facilities were also a resounding success. BorgWarner colleagues presented the children and young people with Christmas gifts here.
The success story continues ...
The success of this fantastic project is thanks to all of the people that support initiatives of this kind and are keen to give something back to the community: the many motivated employees of BorgWarner Turbo Systems. They are constantly working on developing new and creative project ideas to continue supporting children in need in future.