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Letter of the founder

Herbert Stepic
Herbert Stepic, Chairman

Dear friends and supporters,

As a successful manager of a bank, who spent his childhood in simple circumstances in post-war Austria, I know that happiness does not only depend on money and possessions. I also know, however, that the alleviation of material suffering contributes substantially to increasing quality of life, zest for life and life expectancy. By founding a non-profit association, I wish to make a contribution towards eliminating these hurdles.

Central and Eastern Europe is a region that has undergone massive changes in recent years. The Austrian economy was quick to recognize the opportunities that these changes offered. Raiffeisen Bank International has gained a reputation as a pioneer in Eastern Europe and has built up an excellent market position in the region. I have had the privilege of being able to significantly shape and oversee this development process.

Naturally, the evolution and convergence of the region did not only produce winners. The transition from centrally controlled economies to market economies demanded an excessive degree of flexibility from many people. Among the losers have been those that are socially disadvantaged – as is so often the case women, children and adolescents.

My professional career has largely been built as a result of the emergence of CEE, and from this I have enjoyed many positive experiences. I have been impressed by the region´s cultural diversity and have enjoyed being  closely involved with the people of the region as well as with many of the challenges that they have address. This corner of the world has greatly enriched my life. Therefore, on the occasion of my 60th birthday, I made it my goal to help disadvantaged persons in the region and founded the H. Stepic CEE Charity. With the generous support of many donors and members, my association has been able to establish numerous projects in the region. However, further outreach requires continuous funding and thus, fundraising.

Please help us help those who cannot speak for themselves and who have been left alone on the edge. Your support is much appreciated and provides those affected with a greater chance in life.

With many thanks in advance for your ongoing trust and support.

Yours gratefully,

Herbert Stepic