A few years ago, the management team at the MANN+HUMMEL plant in Bad Harzburg launched a charity sponsored walk initiative, which involves employees meeting up and walking together along a predetermined route in the areas surrounding Bad Harzburg. For every kilometre covered, EUR 1 is donated to a charitable organisation. This meant a grand total of EUR 160 was raised on the latest walk, which took the group to the Elfenstein rock face.

Our most recent charity sponsored walk took place in October 2015, when 16 of us employees, including the entire management team, joined in with the fundraising. The route covered some ten kilometres, starting at the golf course close to the plant. From there, we went past the ‘Harzburger Fenster’ and over the 475-metre-high Elfenstein until we reached Café Goldberg, where we all built our strength up with a delicious dinner. Then, we made our way through the stud farm fields and the wildlife park to get back to the plant.

hiking trail

The ‘Harzburger Fenster’ is a popular vantage point, with a narrow clearance in the forest affording walkers a beautiful view over Bad Harzburg. A few years ago, someone hung up a real wooden picture frame here, making it possible to view nature as if admiring a painting in a gallery. There is even a bench, making this the perfect spot to stop and have a rest.

Harzburger Fenster

There is also a rather spectacular view over the town and the northwestern Harz Foreland from the Elfenstein – a striking granite rock face. It is believed its name, which literally translates as ‘Elves’ rock’ can be traced back to the Middle Ages, when this strange rock formation was thought to be home to elves.

hiking

With 16 employees taking part, each covering 10 kilometres, a total of 160 kilometres were clocked up. As MANN+HUMMEL donates EUR 1 for every kilometre covered during these sponsored walks, this time a sum of EUR 160 was raised. The management team boosted this amount up to EUR 300, which went to MANN+HUMMEL’s chosen charity – Deutsche Kinderkrebsstiftung (The German Childhood Cancer Foundation).

hiking group

It really is worthwhile supporting group charity events of this kind, since as well as being in aid of a good cause, they also promote team spirit amongst colleagues. My husband and I often get involved in activities like this because it gives us the chance to make a contribution on behalf of the company. For example, we have a running club that meets regularly. We ran in the Bad Harzburg mountain marathon with this group, as did some of our colleagues when they took part in the Harz corporate run in Wernigerode.

view Bad Harzburg

The Elfenstein walk was another lovely afternoon, helped in no small part by the good weather and the sustenance at Café Goldberg. Plus, it was a great excuse to have some really nice chats with the group along the way. We would be really pleased to see lots of our colleagues join us next year to explore the Harz Mountains.