On 26 April 1986, the Ukrainian nuclear power plant (NPP) in Unit 4 was the scene of the horrifying meltdown. The reactor shell exploded, debris and radioactive material were hurled outwards and a nuclear cloud spread over large parts of Europe. The surrounding area of the NPP is still a restricted area. But a broad scientific consensus on the consequences of Chernobyl exists even after 33 years only in a few points or hardly at all. The consequences are many deaths and even more radiation victims.
Radioactive measurements have shown that Germany was also affected at that time. For a long time, children were no longer allowed to play on playgrounds, and people should generally not eat their own fruit, vegetables, mushrooms or game meat because of the radiation exposure. Even mown grass had to be disposed of as radiant hazardous waste.
Shortly after the horrifying meltdown, private and municipal organizations were formed to collect money and above all donations in kind. MMM has helped these organizations based in Neunburg v.W. or Oberviechtach. Holiday programmes for injured children and their families in the Oberviechtach region were also set up and supported by the Koller family (founder and owner of MMM). Children from the Chernobyl region, for example, enjoyed free rides on the summer toboggan run in Stadlern or ice cream sundaes and snacks. This program ran over many years.
In 1997 the association "Aktion Tschernobyl" was founded in Pfreimd in the Upper Palatinate with main initiator MD Josef Ziegler and wife Angelika, who have been successfully providing aid for over 22 years. Impressive is not only the donation sum of 1.3 million euros, but everything that has been made available in connection with the relief campaign to this day for the benefit of the people, especially the children from the region.
As more and more hospitals were closed in the Schwandorf district, the Koller family purchased medical technology products at residual value and sent them, in cooperation with MD Ziegler, to Chernobyl for use. In the charitable project, MMM-BMT not only provided the restored steam sterilizers, but also took over the complete logistics, commissioning and maintenance of the equipment. In addition, the specialist staff on site was also trained, educated and qualified several times by MMM for many years.
An essential objective of the "Aktion Tschernobyl" is to eliminate desolate hygienic conditions in hospitals and to promote hygiene-improving measures. In addition to the MMM relief campaign, MD Ziegler also purchased new sterilizers from MMM with donations.
A great and sustainable overall concept based entirely on MMM's vision emerged from this aid campaign through unity and solidarity.
More information about the aid organization "Aktion Tschernobyl" can be found at http://aktiontschernobylpfreimd.de/wp/.
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