St. Nicolas gave presents to the children from children’s homes

Prague, December 3, 2007 – Almost a hundred of children from children’s homes together with children of ING Wholesale Banking employees enjoyed St. Nicolas‘ presents and playful afternoon in the Village Cinema at „Anděl“ on Saturday, December 1. The event was organized by more than thirty volunteers from the ING Wholesale Banking and Tereza Maxová Foundation.

 „We wanted to bring a festive atmosphere to the children from children’s homes, prepare a nice afternoon for them and arrange a meeting with the children of our colleagues. We took advantage of this occasion when the worlds of these two groups met because children are very immediate in making relationships,“ says Zuzana Kalabová, ING Wholesale Banking Marketing and Communication Manager. „I believe this premiere event was another step which has moved us further in CSR.“

The children who came did not regret. In the hall no. 4 they encountered many games and tasks (puzzles, decorating of Christmas cookies, making paper chains, car racing etc.) which were rightly awarded by various presents. Surprisingly the children liked saying nursery rhymes and singing songs for St. Nicolas the most. St. Nicolas also asked Rolf-Jan Zweep, ING Bank CEO and Wholesale Banking General Manager to say a nursery rhyme in Czech. When the afternoon programme was over the animated film Wide Waves was showed. St. Nicolas Day Celebration was supported by ING Wholesale Banking Fund and Tereza Maxová Foundation.

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ING Wholesale Banking is a trade name for the wholesale banking activities of ING Bank N.V, established in Prague in 1992 as a branch of ING Bank N.V. Amsterdam. In 2006 had assets of over CZK 60bn and is a member of the Prague Stock Exchange and the Czech Banking Association.

ING Group is a global financial services company of Dutch origin with 150 years of experience, providing a wide array of banking, insurance and asset management services in over 50 countries. Our 120,000 employees work daily to satisfy a broad customer base: individuals, families, small businesses, large corporations, institutions and governments. Based on market capitalisation, ING is one of the 20 largest financial institutions worldwide and ranked in the top-10 in Europe.

ING Wholesale Banking is well aware of its corporate social responsibility and globally initiated project „Chances for Children“. With relation to this project, ING Wholesale Banking in the Czech Republic has decided to cooperate with Tereza Maxová Foundation, which ideally complements our strategy – support education, sport, and free-time activities. The cooperation is also unique because of its allocation process. The grant committee consists both of the Foundation and ING Wholesale Banking representatives.

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ING Wholesale Banking
Zuzana Kalabová
Marketing & Communications Manager
Nádražní 344/25, Praha 5
Tel.: 257 474 339, +420 602 204 835
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Viola Baštýřová
Account Manager
Salvátorská 931/8, Praha 1
Tel.: + 420 224 810 809, + 420 776 210 599