Award for civic engagement

award for civic engagement

The rate of voluntarily engaged people in bavaria is 36 percent – so every third person is engaged as a citizen, as state secretary melanie huml was pleased to note when she introduced three people from the bamberger district who "have done and are still doing exemplary work for our society and the people in our home region" awards presented. In addition to the award of the bavarian honorary medal for services to the community, huml also presented two federal crosses of merit.

The first of the three awards was presented to sonja papemeier. For more than 20 years, she has been caring for her son marco, who is severely mentally and physically handicapped, can neither see nor speak, and can hardly move. His mother’s dedication and care are the only things that enable marco to remain in hallstadt, in his familiar surroundings, huml praised. This is only possible for sonja papemeier by sacrificing her own interests. For her selfless and exemplary efforts, she has now been awarded the order of merit of the federal republic of germany by president gauck.

Franz bauer was also awarded the federal cross of merit on ribbon for his enormous parental care. Supported by his wife gisela, he devotes all his energy and dedication to the well-being of his physically and mentally handicapped son. During the day, frank attends the lebenshilfe workshop; during the rest of the time and on days when the workshop is not open, his parents provide care and support at home, enabling their son to remain in the home community, as melanie huml emphasized in her laudation. Furthermore, franz bauer is committed to ensuring that his son is integrated as best he can into local life in hallstadt.

"Their tireless commitment to the choir has had a decisive influence on cultural life in the community of breitengubbach", stated melanie huml appreciatively before presenting the bavarian badge of honor for merits in honorary office to walter hartmann. She joined the choral society "cacilia breitengubbach" at the age of 20 franz bauer has been the choir’s director for more than 40 years – in the meantime, his knowledge and skills as well as his calm manner have made him a guarantor for the association’s continued existence.

In addition to his involvement in the breitengubbacher choral society, for which he has also served as first chairman since 2003, hartmann has led the men’s choir of the church congregation in breitengubbach for the past three decades. In addition, he has been the organist of the parish church for over 50 years and an active member of the "choir of choirmasters" of the french sangerbund.

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