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Hand in hand for children with cancer


Sustainable commitment from star petrol stations and the THW Kiel success trio is creating mobility for young cancer patients
Elmshorn, 09. September 2016 – After four years of cooperation benefiting the young patients of the children's cancer ward at University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH), the star petrol stations and THW Kiel have reached a new milestone: on 8 September, with the €10,000 raised last season thanks to the partnership with THW player Patrick Wiencek and his team-mates, new medical devices were acquired and the continuation of the current equipment room was secured for new construction at the UKSH.
The goals scored by star-sponsored player Patrick Wiencek during the most recent Bundesliga season 2015/2016 counted twice: for every goal scored by Wiencek, the star petrol stations made a €100 donation to the friends' association supporting the children's cancer ward at the UKSH Kiel campus. The national squad-member has unfortunately been out of action since the autumn due to a knee injury, but that didn’t signal an end to the thrilling action: by way of replacement, star petrol stations enlisted two other players as fundraisers for the season. Christian Sprenger and Igor Anic added to the total goals scored by the 2.01-metre-tall Wiencek for an overall donation of €10,000.
€29,000 have been raised over four years of joint action. This money has been used for the purchase of medical devices that support the mobility of sick children, for whom a special room was constructed. On 8 September, THW stars Christian Sprenger and Patrick Wiencek accompanied by star director and press spokesperson Wieslaw Milkiewicz surprised the children and were able to get an on-site impression of the results of their cooperation. A rowing machine and treadmill were ordered to expand the equipment fleet. "I am always motivated by the idea of bringing additional joy into the daily lives of young people in the hospital," says Wiencek, who spent time at the end of his visit signing autographs for his small fans.

In the new 2016/2017 season, Wiencek will once again be hunting for goals and raising donations along with the star petrol stations. "With our long-term commitment, we can truly help by bring joy into children's hospital visits. That's why we are continuing this successful initiative into its fifth season and beyond; this year we signed a sponsoring contract with THW for an additional three years. Most impressive this year is the autonomous engagement of the employees, who initiated under the supervision of one of their physiotherapists a weekly star training programme, where the children are able by using the medical sport devices to recover their fitness and mobility together", explains Wieslaw Milkiewicz. Prof. Dr. Martin Schrappe, Head of the Department of General Paediatrics adds: "Due to this planning certainty, we will be able to plan for a room for the equipment donated by star in the new mother-child centre at the UKSH building addition. The usability of the new room will be even better. This cooperation continues to surprise us and provides excellent perspectives for our patients."

star player’s partnership with THW and UKSH – Announcement of a new room with medical devices in new UKSH building © ORLEN Deutschland GmbH (from left to right): Physiotherapist Long Pham (UKSH), Patrick Wiencek and Christian Sprenger (THW Kiel) with patient Janina, Prof. Dr. Martin Schrappe (UKSH), CEO Wieslaw Milkiewicz (ORLEN Deutschland GmbH) and PD Dr. Gunnar Cario (UKSH).

tar player’s partnership with THW and UKSH © ORLEN Deutschland GmbH (from left to right): Patient Janina with Patrick Wiencek and Christian Sprenger (THW Kiel), Prof. Dr. Martin Schrappe (UKSH) and CEO Wieslaw Milkiewicz (ORLEN Deutschland GmbH). tar player’s partnership with THW and UKSH © ORLEN Deutschland GmbH (from left to right): Patient Janina with Patrick Wiencek and Christian Sprenger (THW Kiel), Prof. Dr. Martin Schrappe (UKSH) and CEO Wieslaw Milkiewicz (ORLEN Deutschland GmbH).

star player’s partnership with THW and UKSH – autograph session with THW star Patrick Wiencek © ORLEN Deutschland GmbH (from left to right): Patient with Patrick Wiencek (THW Kiel).

star – a Strong Brand from ORLEN Deutschland GmbH
star is the petrol station brand of ORLEN Deutschland GmbH, which has been running over 570 filling stations in northern Germany since 2003. The company, based in Elmshorn near Hamburg, is part of the Polish mineral oil and petrochemical group PKN ORLEN SA, which is the largest Central Eastern European group, with an annual turnover of 21 billion euros in 2015.
PKN ORLEN SA is listed in Warsaw and London and is represented on the petrol station market in Eastern and Central Europe with a total of 2,700 service stations in Poland, Czech Republic, Germany and Lithuania. In recent years, major investments have been made in Lithuania and the Czech Republic to bring the group a step closer to its goal of becoming the leading oil company in Central Europe.
ORLEN Deutschland GmbH
Wieslaw Milkiewicz, Managing Director and Press Officer
Telephone: +49 (0)4121 / 4750 - 1609,  
Andreas Khan / Head of Marketing & PR
Telephone: +49 (0)4121 / 4750 – 1618,
Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein
Do good! Support university medicine at the UKSH:
For anyone who would also like to support the children's cancer ward at the UKSH with donations:
UKSH Freunde- und Förderverein |
Donations account: Förde Sparkasse
IBAN: DE75 2105 0170 1400 1352 22 | BIC: NOLADE21KIE
Recipient: UKSH WsG e.V.
a) UKSH children's cancer ward, Campus Kiel: FW20000
b) no purpose: FW12002
For further information, contact:
Pit Horst, Department Fundraising, UKSH Freunde- und Förderverein,
Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein
Phone Kiel: 0431 597-1004, Phone Lübeck: 0451 500-5454,

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