For a fourth fiscal year in a row, Mazda’s partnership with the SOS Children’s Villages organisation helped children and young adults across Europe. SOS Children’s Villages has given a home and hope to children, young people and the handicapped for more than 60 years in their own culture and religion, in a family-like atmosphere. Seven Mazda national sales companies – Mazda Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary and Spain – renewed their commitment a year ago and have supported SOS Children’s Villages locally during the last 12 months.
Mazda Austria, where SOS Children’s Villages was founded, had a very active year with several events. Not only did they continue to support the Barbakus House, a therapeutically-assisted living group at the SOS Children’s Village in Moosburg, they also loaned three Mazda2s with a special exterior design to the SOS Children’s Villages “MoFa” (“Mobile Families”) project. The exterior decals for these Mazda2s were created by SOS children working with an Austrian graffiti artist at a special event. Mazda Austria employees also took part in the “Take Responsibility” social-initiative network in Austria with a day-long bicycle-safety event at the village in Moosburg repairing and maintaining about 60 bicycles. And last but not least, SOS teenagers visited Mazda Austria offices for two days, where they were able to get acquainted with a possible future career.