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MAN TGE as a cold-beating bus

Help with combating the cold: homeless people suffer particular hardship during winter. MAN Truck & Bus and Borussia Mönchengladbach have therefore come up with a special initiative. A MAN TGE has been made available as a cold-beating bus to the aid organisation “Wir für MG – Obdachlosenhilfe Mönchengladbach e.V.” (an association helping the homeless in Mönchengladbach). The corona pandemic means it is not currently required as a shuttle for the next generation of footballers. 

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Jointly helping others: Tina Richter from “Wir für MG – Obdachlosenhilfe Mönchengladbach e.V.” and Markus Frieben, head of CSR at Borussia Mönchengladbach, arranged use of the MAN TGE as a cold-beating bus.

A Borussia Mönchengladbach team bus gives relief from the cold: the club has provided a MAN TGE for a good cause – the minibus is now travelling in and around Mönchengladbach supplying homeless people with warm meals, hot drinks, blankets and other relief equipment during the winter months. “The recent lockdown means we’re facing an even greater logistical challenge reaching out to people in hardship, because care in shelters is no longer permitted. The additional vehicle is therefore a godsend”, enthuses Tina Richter from “Wir für MG – Obdachlosenhilfe Mönchengladbach e.V.”, elated about the support.

To best prepare the bus for its deployments helping the homeless, the seats were removed and the minibus was adorned with a sign in German saying “For this city, for these fans, for this club”. MAN Truck & Bus additionally contributed a total of 200 urgently required packages to the needy, which contained hats, scarves and gloves. Even Borussia’s professional footballers Lars Stindl, Florian Neuhaus and Tobias Sippel lent a hand filling the relief packages and loading the TGE.

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Professional footballers involved in packing Lars Stindl, Florian Neuhaus, and Tobias Sippel (from right to left) from Borussia Mönchengladbach helped load the vehicle with food and aid.

Social engagement and the promotion of young talent

MAN Truck & Bus has committed itself to promoting young talent at Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach since 2012 and provides the club with several MAN TGE minibuses for journeys to training facilities, games or training camps. Yet the current restrictions due to the corona pandemic have prevented the youth teams from playing and training.

“The youth minibuses that normally transport our young talents are of course not currently in use, so we came up with the idea of using one of them in a different way”, explains Markus Frieben, head of CSR at Borussia Mönchengladbach. To prevent the MAN TGE from simply standing around unused, MAN and Borussia made one of the vehicles available over the coming months to aid organisation “Wir für MG – Obdachlosenhilfe Mönchengladbach e.V.”.

“The cold-beating bus in Mönchengladbach is a valuable contribution to assistance for homeless people, especially now in the cold season. We’re particularly pleased that we and Borussia were able to offer an uncomplicated solution to support this aid project as quickly and efficiently as possible”, explains Christoph Huber, chairman of the board at MAN Truck & Bus Deutschland GmbH.

"The cold-beating bus in Mönchengladbach is a valuable contribution to assistance for homeless people, especially now in the cold season."

Christoph Huber
chairman of the board at MAN Truck & Bus

Text   MAN
Photos   MAN

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