On March 16th, 2022, representatives of Volvo Trucks Czech Republic handed over two large televisions and ten laptops to help teach the children who study there. This marked the second delivery of audiovisual and computer equipment from AB Volvo’s charitable arm.
The reason for this donation was that on June 24 2021, a devastating tornado swept through Hodonín – leaving enormous material damage behind it. In just a few minutes it turned a beautiful forest pavilion school, providing education for more than five hundred children, into a soaked ruin without a roof – breaking windows and burying parts of the building under fallen trees.
News of the destroyed primary school building in Hodonín – and the efforts made by many people locally to rescue it – was noticed by Volvo Trucks' Czech employees. The company’s HR specialist Aneta Serafimidisová brought it to the attention of the company’s management – and John Muldoon, Managing Director for Volvo Group Czech Republic, suggested submitting it to the annual Seasonal Gift project. Aneta Serafimidisová worked with the school’s management to find out what could be done to improve the overall situation at the school, and together they developed the project and submitted it to Volvo AB's annual charity program.
John Muldoon said: “As part of the project preparations, we agreed with the school management on what kind of help they would need the most. The result was a supply of modern teaching aids in the form of seven interactive whiteboards, two large-screen TVs and ten laptops worth a total of 780,000 CZK. We ourselves are very happy about this cooperation – especially when we see the huge enthusiasm of the school management."