Procter & Gamble’s long-time project “Like A Girl” is aimed at supporting teenage girls going through puberty. Watsons Ukraine and P&G joined forces by donating 1 Ukrainian Hryvnia for every Always Ultra pack sold. The programme was so popular Watsons decided to extend it to six boarding schools where the girls need even more support due to poor family and life conditions. Watsons Ukraine made a pledge on Facebook to donate as much hygiene products as likes they receive and as a result, over 3000 were donated to the schools.
Watsons Ukraine helped Smela Boarding School prepare for the new school year by renovating the school. Old windows and doors in the dormitories, workshops and corridors of the school building were replaced by new and modern ones. In conjunction with this, the company also held a homemade pastry charity sale in the office, where proceeds were donated to Smela Boarding School and Brovarsky Centre of the Complex Rehabilitation of Children to buy new learning tools.
“Watsons Angels” is a charity campaign launched by Watsons Ukraine to help raise funds for kids who suffer from heart conditions. Through Watsons Angels, little Denis from the Chernivtsi region, 11-year-old Lily from the city of Kamyanets-Podilsky, and 13-year-old Diana from the village of Kulikovka were able to receive appropriate medical treatments and made a full recovery.
The latest Winter collection of Watsons Angels magnets was created by Yevgenia Myroniuk, a young and gifted Ukrainian painter. This special collection was made available in stores as well as online, and is set to be followed by Summer, Spring and Autumn variations.
Sales of the Watsons Angels magnets go into raising funds to buy special implants needed by children suffering from heart diseases. So far, over half a million people have taken part, helping to raise an impressive sum of almost USD90,000!
Every year for the last five years on Global Volunteer Day, Watsons Ukraine would pay a visit to Smela boarding school. This year, the volunteers wanted to inspire confidence and spread joy to the children by celebrating their strengths through different activities. The children were divided into groups by age where they participated in activities as diverse as crafts, jewellery-making, sports and thinking games. To cap-off a full and fun day, the volunteers treated the children to a tea-party with hand-made cupcakes and a great dance-off!
An internal project was kicked off for staff of Watsons Ukraine, encouraging employees to give thanks to each other in different ways – through cards, e-mail, the education portal and even on Facebook. Nearly 400 cards with warm thanks and sincere words have since been sent, boosting relationships and workplace bonding.
For Children’s Day, Watsons Ukraine organised a photo competition for children of its staff. More than 260 children’s pictures were collected from different corners of Ukraine. The photos were displayed in the head office as a picture gallery, and employees could vote over Facebook pages for their favourites. The top voted pictures won attractive prizes and the staff who submitted the best picture also won the opportunity to contribute a personal touch to the design of the headquarter’s conference room walls!
Watsons Ukraine launched a new charity project titled, “Let’s Overcome Cancer Together”. The main goal of the project was to raise funds for cancer patients in the Ukraine. The project was driven by the customers’ direct spending, with 1 UAH donated for every item with a special marking sold.
Chestnut Run, the biggest annual sports and charitable event in Ukraine, has been held every Spring for the past 25 years. More than 15,000 participants take part in the race to save the lives of many children with heart disease.
A team from Watsons Ukraine participated in this year’s Chestnut Run, for the fifth year in a row. For them, the run was not only a fun team-building exercise but also a charitable act. The funds raised was used to purchase essential equipment and surgical supplies for the Scientific and Practical Medical Center of Children’s Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery of Ukraine.
Watsons Ukraine’s volunteers offered New Year greetings to 120 children at Smela Boarding School. Besides candy treats, volunteers gifted the children with more than 85kg of winter clothes and basic necessities which they had collected earlier.