MCC Verstraete took on the sponsorship of the Maldegem AanZet project at its inception. In addition to the financial commitment to support 300 children with school supplies, clothing, etc., the company now also provides material support by donating 20 laptops.
Doing more than expected
The AanZet sponsorship initially entails a financial commitment. MCC Verstraete was the first to sign up for the project in September 2020, setting the example for many Maldegemans and other companies in the area. At the start of this year, the project already collected 43,800 euros to pay the schooling costs of children and young people who are less well off at home.
But the company does not want to stop at mere financial support. "We have been committed to this initiative from the beginning and want our sponsorship to go further than just financial support. For many families, buying a computer or laptop is a big investment. We have 20 laptops that are still in perfect condition, but are no longer used in our departments. So we are happy to donate them to AanZet!" said Peter Grugeon, Managing Director of MCC Verstraete.
Investing in the well-being of employees and the neighborhood is one of the pillars of the company's sustainability vision. With its involvement in AanZet, MCC Verstraete is putting its money where its mouth is.
The start of a beautiful course
Marleen Van den Bussche, the competent alderman of Maldegem, is enthusiastic about the donation: "Thanks to these laptops, we can reduce the digital gap that unfortunately still exists. Not only is a laptop necessary for school tasks and general digital literacy, it also has a social aspect: young people spend a lot of their free time online and of course children from families with financial worries don't want to be "different" from their friends who do have a laptop or tablet. So these laptops benefit the Aanzet project on multiple dimensions!"