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40,000 zloty for KP volunteers

3 June 2010

A camp and trip for disabled kids, supporting a bicycling club for the blind, and improving conditions in animal shelters... Those are the projects that will be accomplished by KP employees as part of the programme "Come Rain Or Shine" and will cost approximately 40,000 zloty.

Our programme "Come Rain Or Shine" allows all Kompania Piwowarska employees to select an organisation they would like to help, and they will receive funds for it from KP up to four times a year. It is the company's way to encourage volunteering and fund it.

"Our volunteering programme ‘Come Rain or Shine' is dedicated to our employees who, out of the kindness of their hearts, support non-government organisations and help them complete social initiatives. Kompania Piwowarska enables them to be a part of those activities and provides financial and organisational support," says Małgorzata Malędzińska, CSR Manager at Kompania Piwowarska.

Our involvement this quarter
"Four projects will receive financial support from our company. Those projects are especially inventive, offer long-term solutions and show exceptional effort on the part of the employees," says Anna Czarkowska, member of the Programme Council, which verifies submitted projects and assigns funds.

Projects selected this quarter by the Programme Council include amongst others: organising camps for disabled children and teens at the Patria in Skrzetuszew, helping to manage the recreational bicycling club for the blind and vision-impaired in Poznań, organising a basic climbing trip for disabled teens from Kraków, and improving conditions in animal shelters.

Time to act
Our employees have three months to complete the final projects. In accordance with the initiative regulations non-government and public institutions receiving help have to submit a report that includes a short summary of the benefits from the project itself and from working with the volunteer, as well as provide photographs and financial documents in regards to the project.

Previous editions summary
Since September 2009, in three editions of "Come Rain or Shine," 196 volunteers, Kompania Piwowarska employees, have implemented 26 projects amounting to almost 260,000PLN. Volunteers worked over 1,250 hours with organisations and institutions and were able to help 2,974 people. Their projects included improving living conditions, providing opportunities to learn and relax for orphans, or organising therapy with animals.

Employees on the programme
"I want to encourage everyone to create their own volunteering programme, because above all it is a lot of fun. The fact that our work helps children gives us great satisfaction," said Piotr Klonowski, Sales Support Systems Administrator.

Agata Klimek, Trade Marketing, Mainstream Brand Activation Specialist at KP added: "For me the most important thing was making people happy. I'll quote the motto from our flyers: If you want to be happy in life, make others happy, because the joy that we give comes back to our hearts."

Kompania Piwowarska - leader of the Polish beer industry
Kompania Piwowarska is the largest brewer in Poland. Hundreds of years of brewing experience, state-of-the-art technology and rigorous adherence to world-class manufacturing principles guarantee the highest quality in our products. The company's brand portfolio includes the most popular Polish beer, Tyskie, Żubr, Lech, Dębowe Mocne, Redd's, as well as the international premium brands Pilsner Urquell, Grolsch and Peroni Nastro Azzurro. Kompania Piwowarska (established in 1999) operates three breweries (in Tychy, Poznań and Białystok) and fourteen depots across the country.  Kompania Piwowarska is engaged in many social programmes that address social exclusion based on poverty, as well as educational programmes promoting responsibility and moderation in alcohol consumption. In the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2010, KP sales volume amounted to 14.6 mill hectolitres.

SABMiller - one of the largest brewers in the world
Kompania Piwowarska is part of SABMiller plc., one of the world's largest  brewers, producing or distributing beer across six continents.  The group's global brand portfolio includes international premium beers such as Grolsch, Miller Genuine Draft, Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Pilsner Urquell as well as leading local brands such as: Aquila, Castle, Miller Lite, Snow or Tyskie. SABMiller is one of the largest Coca-Cola bottlers outside the US. In the fiscal year ending March 31, 2010, the group reported revenue of $26.3 billion and $3.4 billion in adjusted pre-tax profit. SABMiller plc is listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges.

Additional information:

Katarzyna Wilczewska
Public Affairs Manager
Telephone: +48 61 667 77 65
Mobile: +48 601 887 966

Wielkopolski Klub Kultury Fizycznej Sportu i Turystyki Niewidomych i Słabowidzących RAZEM
(RAZEM Recreation, Sport and Tourism Club for the Blind and Vision-Impaired)


Goals of the project as well as volunteers' tasks are:

  • help to create club's inventory
  • help to read and write office documents and update websites
  • help families with blind parents function  (walks, shopping, errands, etc.).
  • help in recreational bicycling - as a guide to a blind person on a tandem (in the back, behind the guide).
  • help in purchasing a professional bicycle for the club member; last year bicyclists (riding a tandem with a person that can see as a guide) won the world cup.

Ogólnopolskie Towarzystwo Ochrony Zwierząt "ANIMALS"
("ANIMALS" National Animal Protection Group)


Improving conditions of the animals in Przytulisko Dąbrówka shelter (about 130 dogs) - including building cages and pens.

Fundacja Jaśka Meli Poza Horyzonty
(Jasiek Mela Foundation Beyond Horizons)


Within the project „Niepełnosprawni w skałach" (Disabled around the rocks) a two-week trip is organised for a group of disabled teens, where instructed by professional climbers, they can learn basic climbing. Some forms and techniques of climbing can be used by persons with various types of disabilities. Moreover, it can be a great kind of rehabilitation. It teaches the climber to trust another person (which has to be the safeguard as well as a pilot for the blind), helps to develop independence, teaches how to cross barriers (getting to the top), helps to self-improve and overcome one's weaknesses and doubt. The project will include the blind teenagers from Kraków. The trip programme and levels of difficulty of all climbing activities will be adjusted to match participants' abilities. It will include basics of safeguarding, climbing techniques, etc. Necessary equipment will be provided by the instructors. Our volunteers will help with housing, transportation and during the trip they will help to organise activities and safeguard climbers. Participants will also meet with Jasiek Mela, who will tell them all about his trips to the Poles and experiences climbing Mount Elbrus and Mount Kilimanjaro.

This SABMiller subsidiary news release has been translated from its local market language to English language for publication on We have attempted to provide an accurate translation of the original material but due to the difficulties of translation slight differences may exist. 

Note, the news release was first published in its local market on [03/06/2010].


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