Hürth: Vocational school students are committed to hospital in Malawi


There is no grade for the best design submitted by the vocational student Ramona Shyamshankar, who is training to be a design assistant at the Goldenberg Europakolleg and is doing her Abitur at the same time. But one of the seven labels she designed for the Rotary Club Rhein-Erft is now stuck on 10,000 wine bottles that are being sold for the benefit of an aid project for Africa.

Rotarians have been supporting a hospital in Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world, for years, reports the new Rotary president, Dr. Klaus Tiedeken. The actMed association, founded in Cologne in 2013 by Dr. Jens Vaylann and his wife Dr. Eva Vaylann was founded to help build a training program for local surgeons. Contact is made through the medical director of the Augustinian Hospital in Cologne’s Severinsklösterchen, Prof. Tobias Beckurts, who trained the surgeon Vaylann before he went with his family first to the Congo and then to Malawi in Southeast Africa.

Just two surgeons for a million people

The medical care situation of the nearly 20 million inhabitants in Malawi is bad, reports Robert Boecker, who does the public relations work for the Rotarians. “There are two surgeons for every million people there,” he says. “In comparison: In Germany there are 500 and in a global comparison it is still 50.” The Rotarians have decided to raise 65,000 euros for the surgeon program.

Surgical equipment such as clamps, scissors, knives and syringes are to be financed with the proceeds from the sale of wine. Club member Massimo Pitzalis, who runs an import trade for Spanish food in Bergheim, bought a light white wine from the Marqués de Cáceres Bodega in northern Spain for the campaign under the motto “Enjoy and help”.

The Verdejo, vintage 2020, fits into the season, says Pitzalis. “That is a medium price range, but meets higher demands.” The wholesaler sells the drop by the box for 5.70 euros per bottle. The wine is also available in Rewe Richrath supermarkets for 6.99 euros per bottle. One euro each goes to the aid project.

Students from Hürth design labels for wine bottles

The label for the wine bottles was created in cooperation with the Goldenberg Europakolleg. “We accepted immediately,” says headmaster Matthias Herwartz. “We want our students to think outside the box.” Nine trainees from the middle and upper grades of the design assistant course met for several weeks outside of class, dealt with Malawi and drew 18 drafts. Design teacher Sabine Staiger-Pannes was enthusiastic about the commitment of her vocational students – “once without printing grades”.

Rotary President Tiedeken admitted that choosing the winning design was difficult. The Rotarians thanked the vocational students with graduated cash prizes. Winner Ramona Shyamshankar received an envelope with 250 euros.


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