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Lear Valls Community Race Goes Global for a Cause

Family and friends joined together to cheer on Lear Valls team members for the second annual “Hol.la Genís” race on September 20. Founded by Lear’s own Pilar Giner, Hol.la Genís is an organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for children’s cancer research and supporting those families affected by a childhood illness.

Pilar named the organization after her son Genís, who was diagnosed with cancer at age three. Genís bravely conquered the disease, and five years later he’s happily leading a healthy and normal life. Inspired by her son’s recovery, Pilar’s work and the annual race represent her personal dedication to the cause.

This year, the run attracted over 900 participants, more than 300 of which were Lear employees, with additional team members running in solidarity around the world—a significant increase over last year’s 275 participants. Relatives and friends (and even some pets), all joined in for a 5k run/walk or 10k walk.

The event was made even more special with the participation of Lear’s global family. Although they couldn’t participate in person, employees who wanted to take part were able to contribute in other ways. For example, a group from Lear Schwaig ran the “Erdinger Stadtlauf” race in Germany, and their team wore Hol.la Genís shirts.

“It is humbling to see how many Lear team members rose to the occasion to support another team member for a great cause,” said Mariano de Torres (VP – Electrical, Europe & Africa).

In the spirit of our commitment to the communities where we do business, Lear generously contributed a donation match for all company team member registration fees. All funds will go to benefit Fundació de l’Hospital Sant Joan de Deu (Foundation of Saint John of God Hospital), the Ronald McDonald Foundation Home and the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Spain.

Hospital Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona is a teaching hospital associated with the University of Barcelona (Universitat de Barcelona) specializing in the fields of pediatrics, gynecology and obstetrics. Ronald McDonald House Charities is an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. With operations in more than 40 countries, the Make-A-Wish Foundation arranges experiences (described as “wishes”) to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

To learn more about Hol.la Genis, please visit their page on Facebook.

Lear Munich Hosts a Special Family Day

Nearly 500 Lear Oberding team members and their families recently enjoyed a special Family Day.

At the start of the June 26 event, guests received welcome packages including vouchers for snacks, drinks, dinner and a number for tombola (raffle) prizes. Attendees then had a chance to purchase raffle tickets for just 1€ each, with all proceeds going to the local hospice association for palliative research. Various suppliers donated more than 600 raffle prizes, such as weekend use of a Porsche, dinner, hotel vouchers for a getaway, toys and gift baskets.

Everyone enjoyed delicious food and refreshments and the kids participated in fun activities including table football (foosball), face painting, bounce houses and basketball games.

Lear executives Gideon Jewel (Pres. – Global JIT), Mariano de Torres (VP – Electrical, Europe & Africa) and Achim Braun (VP – HR, Europe & Africa) welcomed the attendees.

“We are very happy to have you all here today to help us celebrate,” said Gideon. “It has now been nearly four years since we moved into this building and in that time we have grown to include two other buildings in this area. We have won significant new business with Volkswagen Group, Mercedes and BMW. Those new business wins are no accident. They are a direct result of having great people and great products and for that I want to say thank you.”

“This year for Electrical has been strong, a year of improved performance; in fact, last year we established a new high versus prior history,” said Mariano. “In addition to growth in all Electrical businesses, we have seen Lear increase our involvement in the local community by continuing to support good causes. Also, we will be getting together as One Lear soon with nearly 100 employees in the B2B run here in Munich next month.”

“Having recently moved from Lear Asia, I can say as we stand here today Lear is moving in a good direction, our business is becoming stronger, we are becoming a stronger part of the community and we have some of the best people in the industry,” said Achim. “None of that would be possible without the contribution that each of you have made. We also understand that as an employer it is not just the employee who is impacted by Lear but also the whole family, and that is why we want your families to know how grateful we are and to have a day were we could celebrate your achievements.”

Families were also invited for a special tour of the Lear showroom, where they were given a rare glimpse into their family members’ workspaces, with information provided by Klaus Raab and Michael Menges (Seating Engineering), and Thomas Herzberg and Sebastian Schieffer (Electrical Sales). Afterwards, everyone delighted in a traditional German dinner, accompanied by live music and the raffle drawing.

“I would like to thank all who shared the day and add a very important thanks to Nadine Lichtensperger, who led the event organizing, and to all the volunteers for their hard work and commitment to make the day so successful,” Gideon concluded.  “With the donations from our suppliers and Lear gear for the raffle, it was also meaningful to raise a significant amount for the local hospice association as a way of giving back to the community.”


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Lear Valls Answers an Urgent Call for Donations from Caritas Spain

It all started with a phone call from the local chapter of the non-profit organization Caritas. Our team in Valls, Spain learned that the charity had run out of some basic food items such as milk, cooking oil and cereals, as well as personal hygiene products like shampoo, shower gel and toothpaste.

Globally, Caritas is dedicated to helping families and individuals in need by providing food, mentoring and economic help to pay for rent and basic needs. In this case, Caritas Spain had an urgent need to care for approximately 250 families in the local area.

The Lear Valls leadership team immediately launched an awareness campaign through flyers, posters and computer screens across their whole campus. A specially designed recycled bag with the tagline “Kilos de Solidaridad” (Kilos of Solidarity) was provided to each team member, along with additional tips to help engage as many Lear employees as possible.

A member from the senior management team sponsors every community service initiative in Valls. For Caritas’ special request, Jesús Vidal (VP – Electronics Ops.) volunteered to lead the effort, enlisting other volunteers from the operations area, including Joan Jordá (Plant Mgr.) and his entire management team from the Valls plant. Volunteers arrived on May 27 at 5 am to set up the collection points, community service-themed flags and product-designated boxes to distribute the donations.

“I was pleased to see the massive participation,” said Jesús. “Donations remained strong the whole day with our volunteers setting up different collection times to take into account all the working shifts. In addition to collecting bags and bags full of products, we all noticed everyone’s big smiles and eagerness to contribute.”

The Caritas regional director and their local representatives expressed how impressed they were by the campaign and the entire organization and logistics.

The donation drive finished the next day at 6 am, when team members finished the third shift. The end result was almost 8,500 kg (18,500 lbs) of food and hygiene products. As a company, Lear donated an additional 1,263 kilos (2,784 lbs) of sugar and flour—one kilo (2.2 lbs) for each of the 1,263 employees in Valls.

In addition to Jesús sending a thank you message to all Valls team members, Mariano de Torres (VP – Electrical) added his own thanks to those who donated, as well as to the volunteer team and the support from suppliers and partners, including the canteen provider, cleaning services and the logistics carrier who transported the donations.

Mariano declared: “This fantastic and prompt effort shows once again that Lear supports the community where we do business and that the Lear team responds generously when urgent help is requested for people in need.”


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A Pink October for Breast Cancer Awareness

Located approximately 120 km (75 miles) northeast of São Paulo, Lear Caçapava joined in the “Pink October” campaign to raise awareness for the prevention and treatment of breast cancer.

The plant’s Cut and Sew team members donated more than 100 scarves to the local Casa Garra e Esperança (Determination and Hope House). Established in 2005 to support cancer patients and their families, the organization provides easy access to laboratory tests, classes, crafts and basic food for those in need. They accept donations of items such as scarves and clothing in order to raise funds for their work.

Breast cancer is the most widespread form of cancer in women worldwide. In Brazil, more than 52,000 cases were reported in the past year alone according to the federal government. The estimated rate currently stands around 52 cases for every 100,000 women.

“I believe that such events with the community are essential to our own personal growth, as well helping those in need. In the end we win as well as our community,” said Emanuelle Sanchez, HR supervisor. “We would like to thank all the employees who participated, whether donating a scarf or wearing a pink ribbon in solidarity.”

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