Already more than 100,000 parcels for "We want to help"
Sensational success of the joint campaign by Deutsche Post World Net and eBay for tsunami victimsBonn, 01/13/2005, 10:30 AM CET
Within a week, over 100,000 parcels have been donated by privateindividuals and companies for "We want to help - Donation campaign fortsunami victims in South-East Asia". Between January 5 and 17, Deutsche Post World Net and eBay are offering the possibility of posting parcels with new and as good as new goods free of charge in Deutsche Post retail outlets. The donations will be photographed, described andauctioned on www.ebay.de/wir_wollen_helfen. The proceeds from the auctions will be given to relief organizations to benefit those affected by the tsunami in Asia.
The campaign reflects the tremendous readiness of the German peopleto help the people in the affected regions. In addition to the parcels already received, there is also an active interest in purchasing the goods by auction. At present, over 10,000 auctions are online and several thousand have already been completed. The total of the completed auctions and current bids is more than EUR 175,000. Each day, new auctions are starting. So that all have a fair chance of being seenand auctioned, the donated goods will not all appear at the same time.The auctions for this good cause are likely to run until the end of January.
To date, collectable items such as stamps and coins have raised the most money. But goods with a high individual value have also been donated, e.g. wedding dresses, jewelry and pictures. Celebrities like Dieter-Thomas Heck and Hertha BSC trainer Falko Götz have taken part in the campaign by donating parcels.
Until January 17 2005, donations packed in parcels labeled with the address "Wir wollen helfen", 38999 Braunschweig, can be posted free of charge in all Deutsche Post retail outlets. To achieve the highest possible income, the goods should have a minimum value of EUR 25 (no perishable goods or relief goods for direct dispatch to the crisisareas).
Deutsche Post World Net and eBay are supporting the tsunami victims with further campaigns. Through its Group subsidiary DHL, Deutsche PostWorld Net has already been active in the affected countries since the start of the disaster, and is providing transport and distribution of relief goods free of charge on site. Postbank has reduced the quick cash transfer rate for private recipients in the crisis regions. In addition, the Group has donated one million euros and is supplementing the donations of its employees by the same amount.
eBay also matched the donations of its employees and is displaying the UNICEF banner on its Internet pages free of charge. Yesterday, the company declared that it would donate one million US dollars of immediate aid for the victims of the tsunami disaster. Last week, baazee.com, eBay's online market place in India, already donated the fees received in an entire month for the relief aid - eBay and eBay Foundation increased the amount to a total of 300,000 US dollars.