UPM Raflatac Donating EUR 50,000 to Youth Charities

Nov. 19, 2010 - UPM Raflatac said that it is donating 50,000 euros through a global exercise campaign to the well-being of children and youths. The biggest individual sums will be donated to the Candlelighters association (6,000 euros) and Ellie’s Fund (5,000 euros) in Scarborough, UK, and the association ELER (5,000 euros) in Nancy, France.

Globally, donations are made in 13 countries, UPM said.

Candlelighters is a childhood cancer charity and Ellie's Fund raises money for research into childhood brain tumours. The association ELER helps children in an intensive care unit.

The Every Body Counts exercise campaign inspired over 1,300 employees, over half of UPM Raflatac personnel, worldwide to take regular exercises to earn points for their teams. The goals of the two-month campaign were a healthy lifestyle, personal wellness and enhanced team spirit.

From 167 teams, the three best globally and two best locally were able to donate a sum to registered organizations of their choice. Where possible, they followed guidelines that the organizations should be local and support children's and youths’ exercise and wellness.

"The Everybody Counts programme has been a great success. Over 1,300 participants exercised for an amazing total of over 40,000 hours," said Jussi Vanhanen, president, UPM Raflatac.

"In addition to improving personal fitness the aim was to build team spirit and well-being at the workplace. And of course, one of the main sources of inspiration for all the participants was the possibility to help children and youth in need," Vanhanen added.