PBZ Group Donation of a Van with the Ramp to the Training and Education Centre Dubrava

Within its charity project “Doing Good Every Day” and American Express Card With a Heart, PBZ Group granted donation to the Training and Education Centre Dubrava, amounting to HRK 271,807.44, for the purchase of a van with the ramp for transportation of the children and young people with motility disturbances and chronic diseases. Donation to the Centre Dubrava is the 28th donation granted by PBZ Group through the project “Doing Good Every Day” and the American Express Card with a Heart, intended to provide aid to children and young people in Croatia.

Zagreb, February 3rd, 2017 – Today, the representatives of PBZ Group presented to the Training and Education Centre Dubrava the donation amounting to 271,807.44 HRK. This donation enabled the purchase of a van with the ramp for the transportation of the children and young people with motility disturbances and chronic diseases, in order to enable safer and better transport of the Centre beneficiaries.

This latest donation is a part of a humanitarian project “Doing Good Every Day” launched by PBZ Group and American Express Card With a Heart, through which the Group provides support for the two significant projects intended for the benefit of children and young people in the Republic of Croatia: “For a Better Life for Children in Social Care Homes” initiated by the Ministry of Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy and “Monitoring the Children Exposed to Neurological Risks” initiated by the Ministry of Health, in a way that for every transaction made with American Express Card with a Heart it donates one Croatian Kuna, without additional cost for its users. The funds raised are donated to these projects in 50:50 ratio. The Group has, so far, collected more than 8.5 million HRK for the Project “Doing Good Every Day”, intended for the well-being of the children and young people in the Republic of Croatia. Training and Education Centre Dubrava is included in the Project “For a Better Life for Children in Social Care Homes” and the donation to this Centre is the 28th donation that PBZ Group has provided within the within the humanitarian project “Doing Good Every Day” and the American Express Card with a Heart.

The ceremony of presenting the donation was attended by numerous distinguished guests, including: Margareta Mađerić, State Secretary of the Ministry of Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy; Slavko Kojić, Head of the City Finance Office; Koraljka Janeković, Acting Principal of the Training and Education Centre Dubrava; Marija Pavić, president of the Governing Council of the Training and Education Centre Dubrava; Mario Jurišić, Member of the Management Board of PBZ Card, and many others.

Training and Education Centre Dubrava is intended for education and rehabilitation of children and young people with motility disturbances and chronic diseases, who, in adequate conditions, can qualify for occupation by regular, customized and special programmes. The Centre has 230 beneficiaries. Currently, approximately 50 beneficiaries of the Centre use transport on daily basis, from the area of the whole city of Zagreb and its surroundings, which is very much due to the capacity of vehicles and the number of drivers and escorts. Transportation includes daily drop transport of students to classes, adults to rehabilitation and health care programmes, as well as numerous other students’ activities. Donated van with a ramp shall significantly facilitate and improve the quality of transportation of the Centre’s beneficiaries.

“On behalf of the students, beneficiaries, their parents, staff of the Training and Education Centre Dubrava and on my behalf, I want to thank PBZ Group for their generous donation which has enabled the purchase of a van with the ramp, intended for the transportation of our students and adult beneficiaries. Also, I want to thank the Ministry of Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy that proposed us for this valuable donation and to all the stakeholders in the project “Doing Good Every Day”. In order to implement this donation and project, I’m sure a lot of people have invested good will, effort, commitment, part of themselves, love ... Since our beneficiaries are people with motility disturbances, many of them have difficulties with independent movement or they are completely disabled. There is no need to emphasize that this vehicle is a real treasure to them, it means life to them, the difference between social inclusion and exclusion, between possibility and impossibility, between the intense life and isolation. Means of transport is part of them, makes them equal to the rest of us, enables movement, education, participation, meetings, social life... It is literally their ticket for the future", said Koraljka Janeković, Acting Principal of the Training and Education Centre Dubrava.

“I am glad that today we are here and that – by granting the donation for the purchase of a van with the ramp to the Training and Education Centre Dubrava – we have brought joy to the beneficiaries and employees of the Centre and ensured better transport to them, and thus, hopefully, facilitated their daily life. Responsible corporate conduct is a fundamental principle of Privredna banka Zagreb and the entire PBZ Group, which we have confirmed by our numerous donations and charity activities. One to be noted is the project “Doing Good Every Day” and American Express Card with a Heart that we have created in order to provide continuous aid to the children and young people all over the Republic of Croatia. We are pleased that we have, through this project, so far collected nearly 8.5 million HRK intended for the benefit of children and young people, and presented 28 donations, including 21 donations to the hospitals and 7 donations to social welfare homes, including this latest donation to the Training and Education Centre Dubrava”, said Mario Jurišić, Member of the Management Board of PBZ Card.

Donation to the Training and Education Centre Dubrava is a part of support to the project “For a better life for children in social care homes”, launched by the Ministry of Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy in 2014, aiming at improving the quality of life of children and the services provided to them in social welfare institutions and creating conditions for the provision of new services. “The Ministry of Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy pays special attention to children with developmental disorders and adults with disabilities. Training and Education Centre Dubrava is one of the specific social welfare institutions, which – in addition to providing social services to the mentioned user groups – performs activities of secondary education for children with developmental disorders within regular, special and customized programmes. Purchase of a van with the ramp enabled by the funds donated by PBZ Group for the transport of children with developmental disorders and adults with disabilities is particularly important for the beneficiaries of the Training and Education Centre Dubrava, as well as for their parents/guardians and is to ensure availability of social services to the most vulnerable community groups. In this solemn moment, I’d like to thank all the employees of this institution who provide daily care, education and rehabilitation to the beneficiaries, sacrificially and lovingly. Without all of them, we wouldn’t be here today and therefore I wish them strength to continue their mission with courage and perseverance. PBZ Group, its executives and employees – precisely through this action – shows what social responsibility of the economy means in real sense, and how it is increasingly becoming an important driving force in the development of modern Croatian society. Society in which the rights of children and persons with disabilities, as the most vulnerable members of our society, must be at the highest level”, said Margareta Mađerić, State Secretary of the Ministry of Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy.


For further information please contact:

Mladenka Dubravac, PBZ Card, Public Relation Chief Coordinator

Phone number: 01/ 63 63 077; Fax number: 01/ 63 63 080

e-mail: mladenka.dubravac@pbzcard.hr