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THE FOUNDATION FOR CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IS A NETWORK OF INTERNATIONAL CORPORATIONS ACTIVELY WORKING IN POLAND TO AFFECT POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE THROUGH CORPORATE PHILANTHROPY. WE FEED, EDUCATE AND EMPOWER POOR CHILDREN IN POLAND. COLLECTIVELY, WE HAVE FED OVER 5 MILLION HOT MEALS TO SOME OF POLAND’S MOST NEEDY CHILDREN. OUR MISSION IS TO LEAD THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY IN RAISING THE LEVEL AND QUALITY OF CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY.

August 27, 2012, Vol. 9, No. 24

"I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person."
- Audrey Hepburn

TIME TO MARK YOUR CALENDARS

September 28, 2012 - Foundation CEO Breakfast and Annual Meeting will be hosted again by the InterContinental Hotel. Invitations were sent to our Foundation CEOs this past week. We thank Christian Henkemeier, GM of the InterContinental and his staff for hosting this very popular event for us again this year.

September 29, 2012 – Netherlands - Polish Chamber of Commerce Rijsttafel Ball to benefit our PromiseKids. Hilton Hotel, 18:00 – 23:00. The Chamber raised 20,000 PLN for our Hot-Meal Program last year, and expects to surpass that number this year. Please make arrangements to attend and support the Netherlands – Polish Chamber of Commerce and our Foundation’s PromiseKids.

October 1 – December 31, 2012, Hilton Hotel Warsaw to begin “Small Change – Big Difference” Campaign to benefit our Hot-Meal Program for the 2nd year in a row. Guests of the Warsaw Hilton Hotel will be afforded the opportunity of contributing 1 Hot-meal to one hungry PromiseKid by adding 1 Euro to their hotel bill. Each Hilton guest will be presented with written information about the campaign at check in. Program details will be available in each room, and on the hotel’s internal TV channel. Guests will then be given the opportunity of adding 1 Euro, the price of one Hot-Meal, to their final bill at check out. Funds will only be accepted from Hilton Hotel guests.

October 2, 2012 – Foundation’s Advisory Council Meeting, InterContinental Hotel. The 15 members of our Foundation’s Advisory Council have been invited to attend this important meeting. Much to discuss, and a good time to share ideas.

February 28, 2013 –Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Dinner Dance. We are already making plans for the biggest night of the year for our Foundation. We know you won’t want to miss this special time. We thank Hilton GM Remco Norden and his key staff for once again hosting this very special event for us. 2013 is the 10th Anniversary of our Foundation and we will make this Dinner Dance bigger and better than ever. As in previous years, we have reserved tables for our Foundation members.

STARTING THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR WITH A NEW ATHLON VAN

What do you say when someone donates a new Ford Transit FT 280M Trend Van to your front door? Please let me know because I was speechless. Just when our existing Athlon Van was beginning to feel the wear and tear of transversing the back roads of the PromiseLand, Eric Van Vliet, GM of Athlon called to tell us to bring it back and exchange it for a brand new vehicle. Now, that’s a major WOW!

Delivery day was a very special day for Natalie, Meg and Basia as they took possession of the new van from Athlon’s Assistant Operations Director, Michal Figel and the great Athlon staff in Koszalin. (See Photo Above) Natalie reports that the new van is bigger, longer and more comfortable and has a very large trunk.

The Athlon van means so much to our successful operations in the PromiseLand. It is the work-horse of our activities. It transports our staff to and from our 13 PromiseLand schools; it transports our PromiseKids to and from special events, and helps from time to time with the Hot-meal deliveries to our PromiseKids.

Athlon Car Lease Polska is the Polish subsidiary of Athlon Car Lease International, an international provider of operational full-service car leasing and fleet management, with a focus on the business market and over 50 years experience in the car lease industry. Athlon is currently active in seven countries: the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany, Spain, and Poland with a total of more than 200,000 cars leased. It is also a founding member of Fleet Synergy International (FSI) which expands their operations in another 35 countries. The company is 100 percent Dutch and fully owned by De Lage Landen International (Foundation Member), which is part of the Rabobank (Foundation Member), a triple-A rated bank. Also Bank BGZ and De Lage Landen Polska are 100% owned by the Rabobank.

We thank you Eric Van Vliet and all the good people of Athlon Car Lease for this wonderful gift to our Foundation. You are all the best…

WHAT A SPECIAL TIME FOR OUR INTERCONTINENTAL SCHOLARS

The top 15 scholars from our PromiseLand schools were the guests of the InterContinental Hotel in Warsaw from August 10-13th. Each of our PromiseLand Schools selected their best all-around student to qualify as InterContinental Scholars and boarded a bus for a trip of a lifetime.

This was the 5th year in a row that the InterContinental Hotel hosted the InterContinental Scholars Program for our PromiseKids. The kids graduated from their respective schools and prepared for this life-changing 3-night 4 day trip they will never forget. We speak for all the Scholars when we say: "InterContinental, you are the best!" We thought you would like to see the faces of these great kids as they experienced the InterContinental life in Warsaw:

SPEAKING OF THE INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL…

Thanks to the vision of Christian Henkemeier, General Manager of the 5-Star InterContinental Hotel in Warsaw, football fans enjoyed EURO 2012 from the cool and comfort of the 450 square meter Hemisphere Restaurant and Bar located in the InterContinental Hotel. The Hemisphere was transformed into "SoccerWorld," and had a special stadium feeling with all Euro Cup games presented live on giant TV screens.

In honor of our PromiseKids, the InterContinental Hotel donated 100 PLN to our Foundation’s Hot-Meal Program for each goal scored by all teams during the course of the 24 game EURO 2012 series. There were 78 goals scored in all games, and our Foundation’s bank account was 7,800 PLN richer as a result. Now, that’s a major WOW!

Thanks again Christian for this special gift to our Hot-Meal Program.

300,000 POLISH CHILDREN LIVE ABROAD

After joining the European Union, Poland began losing the generation of Poles born at the end of the 70s and the beginning of the 80s. They left the country in pursuit of jobs and better opportunities. Now that they found those opportunities, they are taking their children outside of Poland with them. According to data from the Polish Census Bureau some two million Poles lived abroad at the end of March, 2012. Some 11 percent of that number or 220,000 individuals were children under the age of 14. Krystyna Iglicka, economist and demographer estimates that now the number has reached 300,000.- Dziennik Gazeta Prawna.

FOOD PRICES TO RISE AGAIN. BAD NEWS FOR OUR PROMISEKITCHEN

Food prices in Poland will likely increase at least 4% y/y by December, the Rzeczpospolita Daily has reported.

Increasing prices of grains resulting from droughts in the US, Russia and Ukraine, may translate into higher prices for bread, cereal products and meat.

Economists expect food prices to increase 3.3-5.2% this year.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"Success is a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don't quit when you are tired -- you quit when the gorilla is tired."

- Robert Strauss

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