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A 'social day' in Leipzig: using a sweeper instead of fountain pen
Paulina Amely Stuth swapped the classroom for a job for one day and donated her salary to social projects, as part of last year's European Cleaning Days series. The 15-year old pupil, who studies at Boehlen Grammar School in Leipzig decided to seize the opportunity to take a look behind the scenes at cleaning & municipal technology dealer Schlotte GmbH in Leipzig.
Within the framework of the campaign 'genialsozial' (brilliantly social), Paulina was one of 20,000 Saxon pupils getting acquainted with working life and collecting money for charity projects under the motto: 'Your work against poverty'.
"We are happy that we could give the young girl an insight into the exciting work environment of cleaning and municipal technology and support social projects at the same time," says Michael Sparfeld, managing director at Schlotte GmbH.
"The money the pupils have earned and donated will be used to support development projects around the world as well as social initiatives in Saxon.
"The campaign was also a good opportunity for us to present ourselves as a training company in Leipzig."
Employing 30 people, Schlotte GmbH has been offering both new and used machines as well as rental options and services for cleaning and municipal technology for more than 20 years. It is an authorised Hako dealer.
Uwe Brenne, member of the board of directors at the Hako GmbH in Bad Oldesloe, says of the scheme.
"We are very pleased about the commitment shown by our partners and authorised dealers.The European Cleaning Days campaign gives us the opportunity to promote the services provided by contract cleaners and municipal service companies to a broad public and get future trainees interested in our line of work."
Operating worldwide with subsidiaries in 15 different countries, the Hako Group ranks among the leading manufacturers in the global market of industrial-, building- and outdoor cleaning machines as well as machines designed to perform grounds maintenance and winter service.
The ECD campaign was initiated by the European Association of the Manufacturers of Cleaning Machines, EUnited Cleaning, in cooperation with the European Cleaning Industry Federation (EFCI) and the International Association for Washing & Cleaning Agents (AISE) and their respective members, to promote the image and the social acceptance of the cleaning industry and the people working in the cleaning business Europe-wide.
In 2014, around 607,000 people were employed in the building cleaning trade in Germany; around 50,000 employees of municipal companies work every day to keep squares, footpaths and roads clean with brooms and sweepers, according to statistics provided by the National Association of Contract Cleaners and the Association of Municipal Companies (VKU).
Image: Peter Golemba, sales consultant at Schlotte GmbH, shows the young pupil how to operate a walk-behind scrubber dryer
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7th January 2016