26.05.2015

paysafecard and 1st. FC Kaiserslautern support the Fritz Walter Foundation and SOS Children's Village

Vienna, 21 May 2015 - paysafecard charity promotion: "Kicking for a Good Cause" - paysafecard, member of the international Skrill Group and worldwide global leader for online prepaid payment methods and main sponsor of 1st FC Kairserlautern, donates to the Fritz Walter Foundation and SOS Children's Village Palatinate, Eisenberg. The foundation receives 2500 euros and the SOS Children Village is given donations in kind and a voucher for climbing equipment totalling 4500 euros. Half of the amount for the foundation was raised as part of the successful special football strip promotion "Kicking for a Good Cause", in which four autographed and strictly limited football strips from the FCK players Schindele, Orban, Löwe and Matmour were auctioned off. paysafecard then matched the amount raised.

On 20 May, the follow-up to the charity promotion took place: After the team's training session was over, the CEO of paysafecard, Udo Müller, presented the symbolic cheque to a representative of the Fritz Walter Foundation. Then two players from the Red Devils went straight on to the nearby SOS Children's Village. The SOS Children's Village in Eisenberg has been actively supported in recent years by the "Betze Angels" as a FCK charity project. An excited group of children and teenagers were waiting for the visitors from Betzenberg and the paysafecard team, and had already spent the whole day looking forward to meeting the professional footballers and receiving their autographs and the football strips, donations and footballs they brought with them.

The charity campaign was exceptionally satisfactory for both the Red Devils, who are scoring points both on the pitch as well as with their charity work, and for paysafecard.

Udo Müller, CEO of paysafecard: "Our donations are to encourage the promotion of sport and social integration among young people, in the spirit of the Fritz-Walter Foundation. The international expansion of paysafecard is seeing the company gain more and more international staff and customers, many of whom are young people. That's why we are pleased by the contribution our campaign for the foundation and the SOS Children's Village makes to the societal and social development of the children and young adults there through sport in particular."

About the Fritz Walter Foundation

Founded in 1999 by the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, the German Football Association, 1st FC Kaiserslautern and Fritz Walter, the foundation focuses on the promotion of general youth work through sports, supporting measures to encourage the integration young people into society, as well as contributing to intercultural understanding, primarily for Central and Eastern European states.

About SOS Children's Village

SOS Children's Village Palatinate has been working for the needs, concerns and rights of children for almost 60 years. The focus of its work is abandoned or neglected girls and boys and underprivileged families. A children's village mother or father forms the core of each children's village family. They encourage the children and offer them security and affection. Five to six children, of both natural and children's village siblings, live in a family house that is their home. The family houses form a village, offering the children and young adults a familiar environment and a vital community. The children and young adults are often traumatised, having gone through defining, negative experiences. The hope is to enable the children to again see the future as a positive thing.

Its vital community defines Children's Village Palatinate in Eisenberg, giving it a unique character. Over the last five decades, the Children's Village and the town have grown in tandem both spatially and socially. The children of Eisenberg go to the kindergarten in the Children's Village and many go there to play in the afternoon. The children of the Children's Village are a part of the town's life and are members of many of its clubs. All of them went or go to the town school, many complete their vocational training in the area.

There are 15 Children's Villages in Germany. 650 children are currently looked after in 122 Children's Villages families. Since it was founded, the German SOS Children's Villages have offered a new home to 5167 children. SOS Children's Village is a private and politically and religiously independent social organisation. For this reason, the SOS Children's Villages rely on donations:

SOS Children's Village Palatinate
Sparkasse Donnersberg
IBAN DE70 5405 1990 0001 1023 26
BIC MALADE51ROK

1st FC Kaiserlautern has supported the SOS Children's Village for many years as part of its "Betze Angels" charity project.

About paysafecard

paysafecard.com Wertkarten GmbH (holding of all paysafecard companies), www.paysafecard.com, is based in Vienna with subsidiaries in London, Düsseldorf, Lucerne, New York, Mexico City and Buenos Aires, among other places. The company was founded in Austria and Germany in 2000 and is a 100% subsidiary of the Skrill Group. The company is now present in 40 countries at over 480,000 sales outlets worldwide with its core product paysafecard. paysafecard is a prepaid online payment solution which anyone can use. No bank account or credit card is necessary. The paysafecard 16-digit PIN is all that's needed to complete a payment transaction. paysafecard can be used at thousands of online shops. The company has become the European market leader in prepaid payment solutions with the brands paysafecard, my paysafecard, paysafecard Mastercard® and YUNA.

paysafecard has received numerous awards over the years. These include the Paybefore Award in the categories of "Best Digital Currency", "Best Virtual or Digital Program" and "Top Digital Dollars", as well as in the newly created category “Consumer Value” in early 2015. paysafecard has also been awarded the Paybefore Award Europe in the categories of "Most Innovative Prepaid Solution" and "Consumer Champion". In 2014, The New Economy recognised paysafecard as one of the 40 most innovative companies of 2013.

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