“The 200-year-old park and the children’s playground there have been given a new lease of life thanks to the hard work of Bosch associates and their families and we would like to thank everyone involved,” says Ivan Željko Weiss, a pediatric specialist at Gornja Bistra children’s hospital. Built in the 18th century, the baroque palace in Gornja Bistra near Zagreb in Croatia once served as the summer residence of Count Krsto Oršic. Today, Oršic Palace is a hospital and residence for 110 chronically ill children.
The overgrown park, swimming pool, and outdated playground have now been renovated as part of a project initiated by the Bosch regional branch in Croatia. Bosch associates not only donated money to the hospital, they also actively helped smarten up the garden. More than 50 Bosch associates and their family members spent a day getting the park and playground into shape. Whether planting shrubs, mowing the grass, digging over the soil, painting park benches, or simply keeping the children in the hospital company – everyone did their bit to ensure the success of this aid project. Seeing the happiness in the children’s eyes and the gratitude of the hospital management were thanks enough for all the helpers. Children, parents, and staff alike can now enjoy the palace gardens to the full and relax outside come wind, rain, or shine.
“We demonstrate social and environmental responsibility wherever we do business. With this in mind, we set out today to help the special hospital for chronically ill children in Gornja Bistra,” says Javier González Pareja, Bosch General Manager for the Adriatic region. “We wanted to help make the young patients’ stay in the hospital as pleasant as possible.”