Support for Regions
This long-term grant program is focused on providing support for activities that improve the quality of life in towns, cities, and entire regions.
Through Early Care, Motýl, o.s. offers support to families with children aged 0–7. In a Support for Regions 2011 grant proceeding, the Nadace ČEZ Foundation donated it CZK 250,000 towards purchase of a motor vehicle.
“We asked the Nadace ČEZ Foundation to support our project, ’With Motýl on four wheels’, so that we could provide Early Care to families in their homes throughout the Pilsen Region. That’s the best option for handicapped children: they know their home well and it’s the best place for their psychomotoric development,” said Tereza Plzáková, head of the service.
A new multi-function hall at the parish in Lysice (a village in the Blansko area) celebrated its opening to the public on January 10, 2010. The space, created by remodeling one room of an old granary, is designated primarily for children and young people to attend various meetings, seminars, and cultural events. The Nadace ČEZ Foundation donated just under CZK 0.5 million to the project.
František Křižík Museum in Plánice
On June 29, 2010, the Nadace ČEZ Foundation donated CZK 0.5 million to preserve an original farmhouse that houses an exhibit commemorating Czech inventor and electrical engineer František Křižík. In the building where he was born, there is a model dynamo with a power distribution board, an arc lamp, and interactive information panels. The donation enabled the museum in Plánice to reopen following a three-year renovation.
Pardubice Regional Emergency Rescue Service
Thanks to the Nadace ČEZ Foundation, on July 21, 2010 the Pardubice Regional Emergency Rescue Service received 36 new, modern backpacks and four physician’s instrument cases. Equipping rescue personnel with better gear will make a significant contribution toward improving care for patients whose health, or even life, is in danger. The Nadace ČEZ Foundation donated CZK 300,000 to support the project.
“Since most callers to the emergency line do not make it completely clear exactly what is wrong with the patent, rescue personnel must take all their gear with them when they respond to a call. Most importantly, that means various devices – a vital functions monitor, a ventilator, a portable suction unit, and another nearly 20 kg of medical gear. The gear will be divided into three backpacks for ambulances – one for standard situations, a second for saving lives, and a third for pediatric patients,” said Dr. Pavel Svoboda, M.D., director of the Emergency Rescue Service, when asked to explain how the donation would be used.
Bells for St. Jakub
On Czech Statehood Day, September 28, 2010, two bells returned to the bell tower of the Church of St. Jakub in Týn nad Vltavou, after a 68-year absence. Only one of the bells, the 17th-century Jiří Toušek, survived the world wars; the others were confiscated by the German Army in 1942. The new bells, named Václav (1,300 kg) and Vltavotýn (740 kg), sounded for the first time at a mass dedicated to fallen soldiers in World War II. The Nadace ČEZ Foundation donated CZK 0.5 million to fund the new church bells.
Repair of Old Smithy and Firehouse in Zbudov
Zbudov, belonging to the Town of Dívčice, is a part of the village Zbudovská Blata. Thanks to a CZK 180,000 grant from the Nadace ČEZ Foundation, it was able, in 2011, to repair the old smithy and firehouse, thereby completing the renovation of its memorial zone featuring architecture in the “peasant baroque” style. The newly repaired village square brightens the days not just of the locals, but also of tourists riding by on the local bike path.
Center for Handicapped Skiers, Janské Lázně
2011 saw the 13th annual Monoski Courses in Janské Lázně, for the wheelchair-bound. Monoski is a special sports aid that compensates for the user’s physical handicap and enables him or her to ski along with the non-wheelchairbound skiing public. Getting involved in sports helps the person overcome isolation, makes him or her more resilient, and strengthens the immune system. In the 2011 winter season, over 220 participants attended the course and its accompanying sports program, which was staffed by 95 volunteers. The Nadace ČEZ Foundation donated CZK 100,000 to make the event possible.
Ceramics Workshop at Březová Elementary School and Preschool, Děčín
Březová Elementary School and Preschool in Děčín III had been contemplating the idea to build its own ceramics workshop for a long time. In October 2011, that wish became a reality. With a CZK 88,000 donation from the Nadace ČEZ Foundation, an old, disused warehouse was transformed into a modern ceramics workshop equipped with a kiln, a slab roller, and a number of smaller implements and supplies, such as shapers and glazes. The workshop is used to teach art and shop courses, as well as for afternoon extracurricular activities for students and a ceramic arts class for senior citizens.
Hospital of the Merciful Sisters of St. Karel Boromejský, Prague
On November 23, 2011, the Hospital of the Merciful Sisters of St. Karel Boromejský in Prague unveiled a new Palliative Care ward. As the first of its kind in the capital city and only the second in the Czech Republic to do so, it will offer care to patients with incurable conditions. With the help of a CZK 200,000 donation from the Nadace ČEZ Foundation, the hospital purchased necessary furnishings and equipment for patients’ rooms as well as rooms intended for healthcare personnel. Most importantly, the equipment included modern, electric adjustable hospital beds, special mattresses to prevent bedsores, drip stands, night tables, walkers, wheelchairs, and other furniture and aids.
“We are pleased that we will be able to provide our seriously ill patients care with a certain level of comfort, greater privacy, and unlimited contact with their loved ones. The modern equipment will also make our healthcare personnel’s demanding jobs a little easier,” said Hana Soudková, hospital project manager.