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Bank Austria "Best Start 2010" Sponsorship Award

The winner is …

With the Bank Austria "Best Start 2010" Sponsorship Award we have taken a new approach, more actively seeking direct dialogue with those in need.

We also want to make social commitment a tangible experience as a common effort.

This is why Bank Austria decided to use an Internet voting procedure so that as many people as possible can help determine the winning project. The voting procedure has now ended: "Pilgrim on tour" is the winning project, collecting 51.97 % of the votes. Congratulations!

Voting results
The Internet voting procedure ended on 31 August 2010. The "Pilgrim on Tour" project emerged as clear winner with 51.97 % of all votes. Bank Austria thanks all those who participated in the Internet voting for their interest and participation.

Here are the results in detail:

 Project Number of votes   Votes in %
 HIPPY 569  2.30
 Tobias 11,353     45.74
 Pilgrim on Tour  12,899     51.97

Your donation counts!
It is important now to get strong support for the winning project together with your help. For this reason we have launched a broadly-based fund-raising initiative for the period ending on 31 December 2010. If you would like to contribute to these activities, we invite you to make a donation: the account number at Bank Austria is 50970082411, BLZ 12000.

Additionally, for each newly opened Bank Austria KünstlerSparbuch savings account, 50 cents will be donated to the winning project.

Long tradition of Bank Austria in supporting disadvantaged people
As one of Austria’s leading banks, Bank Austria is not only committed to success in business. The bank also has social responsibility for people in Austria. Supporting disadvantaged people therefore has a long tradition in Bank Austria.

This tradition is reflected in the bank’s  SOS Children’s Villages house sponsorships, in youth sponsorships supporting disadvantaged adolescents within the framework of the  "gemma’s an!" project, and –  with the Space!lab – in helping adolescents who have poor vocational training or none at all to enter the job market.

Linking social and cultural initiatives
Bank Austria also provides support to Caritas for its "Käfig League" project and for "Brunnenpassage", a model project which offers art and culture to people in the Brunnenmarkt area, a market in Vienna’s 16th district, and thereby creates new opportunities for daily encounters by introducing art.

In addition to "Brunnenpassage", as an initiative to prevent poverty, Bank Austria also supports Caritas aid for adolescents in need in Austria: for each newly acquired Bank Austria Motivkarte, a bank card with pictures from all Austrian regions, one euro is donated to Caritas. The funds are used to support night shelters for young people, assisted living facilities as well as occupational and training projects of Caritas throughout Austria.