Archive for September, 2009

Balloons in the Air for ICC

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

On Thursday, September 3, Atlas Copco, an internationally known company, sent 2000 balloons into the air. This was done to celebrate the opening of their new office building in the Netherlands. This company, with a Swedish origin, was founded 60 years ago in Zwijndrecht.  Those who attended the event included Mr. Hans Magnusson, Swedish ambassador to the Netherlands, as well as several directors of Atlas Copco.  


Simultaneously, ICC in the Netherlands (IKN) received a big promotional lift.  Mr Matthyssen, Atlas Copco Director, thought that it was important to remember the less fortunate of this world.  Since ICC is committed to children worldwide, Mr Matthyssen had the idea to tie tickets to all of the balloons. For every ticket that is returned, ICC will receive € 2.50.  With the balloon action, Atlas Copco hopes to raise € 5,000 ($7,300) for ICC.

Lambro Triantos, director of IKN, is very pleased with this gift. The total amount will be used for the food program in the ICC Patmos Children’s Village in Congo. Due to the most recent civil war, food prices rose significantly and this contribution from Atlas Copco is very much welcomed. For now, hostilities have subsided and this month Mr. Triantos will visit the ICC Patmos Children’s Village in Eastern Congo to see the project first-hand.  Atlas Copco gave him a number of additional balloons for the children.