Winners of "Metropolitaner Award" announced
The Hinz&Kunzt charity for the homeless, the Ankerland e. V. association, which helps traumatised children and young people, and Niels Schröder, choirmaster of "Der Norden singt", won Metropolitan Awards 2020, which were presented Tuesday during a gala in the Elbphilharmonie. They had emerged as winners after more than 7,000 people cast over 12,000 votes. The ceremony also marked the resumption of performances in the Elbphilharmonie after a corona-induced intermission.
Extraordinary people and initiatives in metropolitan region
The award is presented annually under the auspices of the prime ministers of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony and Hamburg to people, associations, foundations and companies that have shown special commitment to the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. Katharina Fegebank, Deputy Mayor of Hamburg, stressed: "The Hamburg Metropolitan Region never ceases to surprise me. It is full of extraordinary initiatives, and is home to people we can be proud of and companies that turn crises into opportunities." Proposals for the award rose by more than 30 per cent over 2019 and the results of the vote had doubled, said Lutz Bethge, Chairman of the Advisory Board.
Singing despite corona
Schröder won the public vote in the category "People from the Region". The music-lover has filled large halls in the past thanks to his initiative "Der Norden singt/The North Sings” and followed this up with "Der Norden sind Zuhause/The North sings from Home” amid corona. Every week, over 5,000 people now come together and sing on a free livestream. The Ankerland association won the award in the category "associations and foundations" for funding a therapy centre for traumatised children and young people entirely from donations.
Hinz&Kunzt GmbH provides survival aid
The non-profit company, Hinz&Kunzt GmbH, won the award in the category focusing on companies. Sales of its magazine, the largest of its kind in Germany, have benefited over 500 homeless people and others living in precarious conditions situation since 1993. Hinz&Kunzt’s vital assistance saw many homeless survive the corona pandemic after the charity came up with contactless means of selling the magazine swiftly. Cash prizes of EUR 2,500 each were also awarded to people, associations and foundations across the region for their support of diverse projects.