The proceeds from the auction of the kits with "Danke Kumpel!" on the chest were given to the Dortmund Vocational Training Centre (BBW) of the Christliches Jugenddorfwerk Deutschland association (CJD). Among other things, the money was used to buy a new car.
In December 2018, an era came to an end in the Ruhr area: with the closing of the Prosper-Haniel mine in Bottrop, the last coal mine in the region shut down its operations. In recognition of and appreciation of the miners for their services, the BVB first team previously ran out in a home match with the special message "Danke Kumpel!" ("Thanks guys!") emblazoned on the chest. The kit sponsor at the time, Evonik, released the coveted advertising space on the kit for the campaign. The shirts worn were then auctioned. The total proceeds of €19,296 were paid in full to the Dortmund Vocational Training Centre (BBW) of the Christliches Jugenddorfwerk Deutschland association (CJD).
As a vocational rehabilitation institution, the BBW is committed to an inclusive training and labour market. In this context, people with learning disabilities, mental illnesses and social and emotional disorders in particular are encouraged and helped. The aim is, among other things, to prevent youth unemployment.
The CJD has several institutions operating within the Dortmund city area. There are daily services travelling between these locations, which had previously been lacking suitable public transport links. Thanks to the proceeds from the "Danke Kumpel" kit auction, the BVB Foundation "leuchte auf" was able to present an Opel Combo to the CJD in early October. Thanks to the new means of transport, the CJD trainees can in future make the necessary journeys flexibly and quickly and the "miner service" thus makes the work processes far easier.
The drivers for these trips will mainly be trainees in the BBW "professional drivers" training course. The vocational training offered by the BBW is intended to enable disadvantaged young people to participate in society and thus in working life. In addition to improving the links between the CJD locations in Dortmund, the "miner service" will primarily serve to promote the effective training of socially disadvantaged people.
But of course, those looking to become a "professional driver", must be in possession of a driving licence, and the BVB Foundation was also able to make a significant contribution to this. In order to prepare the trainees, the majority of whom did not yet have the necessary driving licence, for the upcoming test in the best possible way, "leuchte auf" also provided financial assistance in the purchase of a driving simulator.
The simulation of different traffic situations can help reduce anxiety and give the trainees more confidence, for example in the application of the highway code. This helps make an obstacle which often appears insurmountable – especially for socially disadvantaged and disabled people – a challenge that can actually be overcome.