For the third time, pneumatics specialist Aventics took part in the Lionscup, now the largest benefit soccer tournament in Hanover. The sixth edition last Sunday focused on two charity projects: The game was played for the benefit of Kinderherz Hannover e.V., a children’s heart surgery foundation. In cooperation with the North German Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Donor Registry (NKR), a type testing initiative was also held for a young boy suffering from leukemia. Overall, this year’s event produced 10,000 euros for the Heart Clinic at Hanover Medical School (MHH) and 243 individuals were type-tested.
Laatzen (Germany), 13. Juni 2018 – The ten-member team from Aventics was joined by 23 other teams for the tournament held at the SG 1874 Hannover complex. From the athletic side of things, the tournament ended for the Aventics team after the group matches. But it was still a positive experience overall: “Centering, dribbling, attacking, and brilliant saves – the best! It wasn’t enough to make it to the knockout stages, but it was still a total success,” says Aventics team captain Gabriel Dziurdzia, winking.
As every year, the true focus of the Lionscup was the social aspect. The event is a tournament, family celebration, and fundraiser all in one. This year, the entire proceeds of 10,000 will go to the Kinderherz Hannover e.V. charity, which has supported the children’s heart surgery department at Hanover Medical School (MHH) since 2005. The team sponsor is Hannover 96 legend Altin Lala.
Just like 242 other participants, the soccer star got type-tested by the North German Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Donor Registry (NKR) during the tournament. The campaign was launched after the seven-year-old son of an SG 1874 Hannover player was diagnosed with leukemia. NKR is one of the largest national donor registries in Germany. With over 325,000 registered donors, more than 1,500 people with leukemia and other illnesses have been given a new chance at life thanks to stem cell donations.