Lek, a Sandoz company, dedicates annual New Year's charity drive to children in Slovene hospitals

Lek visits children at Slovenj Gradec General Hospital

20. 12. 2005

Lek, a Sandoz company, continued its New Year’s charity drive, which is dedicated to children in all Slovene hospitals, at the children’s ward of the Slovenj Gradec General Hospital with crafts workshops and a visit by rower Luka Špik. Crafts workshops for the children will be held in each hospital, each one will receive a full-year subscription to the magazine Petka, and efforts will be made to improve the furnishing of the children’s wards. With this campaign, Lek continues its role as a corporate citizen and contributes to a better life today and tomorrow.

“We at the children’s ward are happy and grateful for the funds which are being donated by Lek Pharmaceuticals,” said Dr. Zdenka Lužnik, head of the children’s ward at the hospital in Slovenj Gradec. “The funds will be used to purchase various items – a television, DVD player and toys – with which we will be able to make children’s stays at the hospital easier and more enjoyable. We know that no hospital can replace a warm home, but we endeavor to try as much as we can. There have been no limitations on visits here, and we also offer the children’s nearest relatives the opportunity to stay with them during the time of their treatment, no matter what the children’s age.”

As in past years, Lek also decided to conduct this year’s campaign throughout Slovenia. This year funds have been earmarked for children’s hospitals and children’s wards at general hospitals in Maribor, Ljubljana, Izola, Brežice, Celje, Jesenice, Murska Sobota, Novo mesto, Slovenj Gradec, Šempeter near Nova Gorica, Trbovlje and Ptuj. In collecting them the primary focus was to make children’s time in hospitals more pleasant and to stimulate their creativity. Therefore in December and January Lek will visit children in hospitals and organize crafts workshops led by skilled leaders, in which the children will make decorative objects from various materials. In addition, Lek will be giving each hospital full-year’s subscriptions to Petka magazine, so that every hospitalized child in 2006 will be able to get their own copy of the magazine, which is designed to stimulate curiosity, the joy of solving various tasks, reading, writing, drawing and logical thinking through a variety of exercises.

“We decided to dedicate this year’s New Year’s campaign to children who have been separated from their loved ones due to their illnesses and hospitalization. We want to make this time as easy as possible for them, so we sincerely hope that these workshops and Petka magazines will help to focus their thoughts on more pleasant aspects of life,” said Aleš Süssinger, Head of Sales and Marketing Slovenia at Lek, while visiting children at the hospital in Šempeter.

As part of this year’s charity drive, Lek will also be making donations to help furnish the children’s hospitals and wards, with items which these health-care institutions most need in order to provide a more pleasant atmosphere for hospitalized children in the long term. In order to make these gifts as appropriate as possible, they will be selected by the heads of the individual children’s hospitals and wards themselves.

Lek Pharmaceuticals has been improving and maintaining the health and quality of life of children in Slovenia for over 60 years. In many areas is it an active participant in the social sphere, as it takes part in humanitarian and health campaigns and sponsors sports, cultural, educational and research activities.

This year’s New Year’s charity drive represents a further contribution to Lek’s role as a corporate citizen, which is an integral part of its mission. Lek’s role also corresponds with Novartis’ corporate citizenship, which is one of the foundations of the operations of this globally successful pharmaceutical company.

This press release contains statements and conclusions based on projections of Lek’s future business operations. These estimates are derived from the best information currently available. In case these forecasts prove unreliable, the actual results could prove different from those projected.

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    Špela Jurak
    Corporate Communications Lek Pharmaceuticals d.d.

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