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New perspectives for a long-standing partnership: star and THW Kiel visiting the clinic of the future


Elmshorn, 26th of September 2019 – star petrol stations and the handball record holder THW Kiel’s commitment to the paediatric cancer ward at the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH) is now in its eighth year. One month after the opening of the new facility, THW player Patrick Wiencek and star’s CEO Waldemar Bogusch visited young patients in the newly completed clinic of the future. They also visited the new fitness centre, whose equipment was financed by donations from star, and admired the proposed artistic designs for its wall murals.

For the past seven years, star petrol stations have donated 100 Euro for each goal scored by pivot Patrick Wiencek to the UKSH Friends and Sponsors’ Association for the Children’s Cancer ward at the UKSH Kiel. Over 60,000 Euro has been raised so far. With this money, medical equipment was gradually acquired, and now the two star fitness and training rooms have been equipped for physical therapy to aid the children’s mobility. In addition, the now three-year-old UKSH star fitness program “Rückkehr zu alter Stärke” (“Regaining strength”) is led by a physical therapist whose work is also funded by these donations. Adventure-based learning excursions to help give patients the courage for life after their illness round out the clinic’s services.

During a tour of the new facilities with Patrick Wiencek and other representatives from the star charity programme, THW Kiel, and UKSH, focus was on the two large physical therapy rooms in the children’s ward, one of which has been set up exclusively as a fitness centre. “The visit to the clinic and especially today’s insights have shown me how much we have been able to accomplish together. At the same time, I’m even more motivated to continue scoring as many goals as possible”, said Patrick Wiencek, who happily signed autographs for the young fans. Waldemar Bogusch added: “With the opening of the new clinic, Kiel is not only playing in the handball Champions League but also in the medical Champions League. It’s clear to see how much thought the UKSH representatives put into the new facilities to provide an ideal environment for the children’s healing process. The unique design concept, with colourful wall murals and views of the water and nature, certainly contribute to recovery. We were particularly impressed with the design proposals for the wall murals in the fitness centre that honour our partnership with THW Kiel. These new perspectives strengthen our desire to continue our long-standing commitment into the 2019/20 season, and we look forward to seeing the finished artwork next year.”

The donations from star were provided primarily to equip the new star fitness centre at the UKSH Children’s Clinic, which was presented by the deputy director of the Clinic for Paediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Dr. Gunnar Cario. “With the opening of the new facility last month, we have significantly more space available”, he explained. “We look forward to acquiring more equipment with additional donations to be able to develop and expand our physical therapy program, “Rückkehr zu alter Stärke”, components of which we will provide during therapy in the future. Mobility, strength, and fitness are key to our young patients’ recovery.”​

(From left to right) Waldemar Bogusch (ORLEN Deutschland), Sabine Holdorf-Schust and Patrick Wiencek (THW Kiel), Isabel Mai (ORLEN Deutschland), Dr. Gunnar Cario, and Jan Gomm (UKSH)

(From left to right) a young UKSH patient with her father and Patrick Wiencek (THW Kiel) 

(From left to right) Waldemar Bogusch (ORLEN Deutschland), Long Pham, Dr. Gunnar Cario and artist (UKSH), and 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 on the German market since 2003 and is operating more than 580 petrol stations. The company, which is based in Elmshorn near Hamburg, is part of the Polish oil and energy group PKN ORLEN S.A., which is the largest enterprise in Central Eastern Europe (CEE), with an annual turnover of EUR 25 billion in 2018.
PKN ORLEN is a leading player on the fuel and energy market and is listed in prestigious global rankings such as Fortune Global 500, Platts TOP250 and Thompson Reuters TOP100.
The Group owns state-of-the-art integrated infrastructure, capable of producing more than 35 million tonnes of various crude oil types per annum and of marketing its products through the CEE-region’s largest network of more than 2,800 modern petrol stations. PKN ORLEN’s offering includes over 50 top-quality petrochemical and refining products sold in more than 90 countries around the world on 6 continents. 60 percent of the company's revenues are generated outside the country. 
For the last few years, ORLEN has been established as the most valuable brand in Poland. PKN ORLEN is also the only company in the region that has been awarded the prestigious title of ‘The Most Ethical Company’ for the sixth time in a row by the American Ethisphere Institute.

ORLEN Deutschland GmbH 
Isabel Mai / Manager Corporate Communications
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