However, turning this into a small concept with big goals required a little more consideration - and wedi's management's approval. The head of the company, Stephan Wedi, gave the okay on 30.03.2001, along with "best wishes for a long lifetime for this great idea" and wedicef was born.
If the drinks in the administration department are free, we can make little donations, Günter Dieckmann from wedi marketing said and, with the name wedicef, also defined the target group for the donations: children and young people who are in need or seriously ill. The starting amount of 392.00 Deutschmark which was collected in the first month showed how willing the employees were to donate. The idea gained momentum and soon it was not just about donating for the drinks; new ideas and new occasions for donations were being thought up. New contact people were also found since, as time passed, our business partners and customers became aware of the wedicef concept.
Donation money which is collected over the year, and also receives a good boost from the management each time, is handed over at the beginning of the following year. "The full amount is handed over to the recipient in person," assures Günter Dieckmann, who has entrusted his baby wedicef to the safe hands of Heike Austrup and Marion Nordhoff since entering retirement.
wedi donations up until now
2021 Hilfe für Ntoma
2021 für die Stiftung „Hilfe für Ntoma“ : 1.000,- Euro
2008 to former midwife Waltraud Bertels in Emsdetten for "her children" in an orphanage in Tanzania: 3,000 Euro and to Birgit Fehrenbach who looks after children in an orphanage in Malawi: 3,000 Euro Photo (from left to right, Stephan Wedi, Waltraud Bertels, Reinhard Bröker, Heike Austrup)
2007 to "Faustlos in Emsdetten"
2007 to the anti-violence concept "Faustlos in Emsdetten"
2005 to the Antoni family in Emsdetten for their seriously ill son Angel: 3,500 Euro Press article
2004 to Dr. Kasman Koy Deradjat
2004 to Dr. Kasman Koy Deradjat, Emsdetten, for the "Tsunami-Kinderhilfe" [help for children affect by the tsunami]: 3,000 Euro and to Carla von der Dunk, Verein Herzenswünsche e.V. [Heart's Desire Foundation] in Munster: 1,000 Euro Press article
2001-2003 to the Deutsch-Russischer Förderverein
2001-2003 to the Deutsch-Russischer Förderverein, an organisation for German-Russian relations, in Bad Homburg for the Peterhof children: 7,000 Euro in total Press articles | Photo