Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech (HMMC) launched the third edition of the “Together for Dreams” grant programme in October to help young talents aged 12-21 develop their knowledge and skills. The programme is designed for individuals, as well as informal groups of young people from the Moravian-Silesian Region who want to make a difference and improve the area in which they live. The application form also included a motivational video where students presented themselves and their project.
The basic criteria for judging the projects were conceptuality, feasibility of the project and the applicant’s achievements. The students could also show their creativity and present their project in an original way in the video medallion. From the applications submitted, the expert committee selected 4 projects and the company will support each of them with CZK 25,000.
“We needed a new instrument, which is very expensive. My daughter plays in the dulcimer band at the primary school in Frýdlant nad Ostravicí. We asked Hyundai for a donation and we succeeded, for which we are very happy. It is the first swallow,” said Jana Vaňková, mother of thirteen-year-old Viktoria, who applied for a contribution for a new dulcimer.
Sixteen-year-old Sofie Bradáčová from Václavovice, who is in her first year at the BMA gymnasium in Frýdlant nad Ostravicí, can also look forward to support from HMMC. “I will use the money from the grant to publish my book. I have loved writing since I was a little girl. I wrote the book we are going to publish when I was eleven. I have already participated in several literary competitions, I have also taken a course in creative writing and written several manuscripts,” says the young writer. “Reading books and writing short stories has been her passion since she was young. She wrote her first book at the age of nine,” added Vladimír Bradáč, Sofia’s dad.
Among the other supported applicants is 18-year-old Alexandra Piskořová, who is studying the transverse flute at the Janáček Conservatory in Ostrava and whose project concerns the start of her studies at the prestigious Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria. Twelve-year-old Ester Pracná from Ostrava can also count on support for the purchase of a high-quality transverse flute.
On December 8, all of the winners and their loved ones went directly to the Nošovice plant to receive the grant at the ceremony, and also had the opportunity to see the production directly. “I found it absolutely fascinating. I have never seen such an operation. Very interesting,” summed up Jana Vaňková. The others did not hide their enthusiasm either. “I am very surprised how the whole process of car production looks like. I am glad I could see it,” said Vladimír Bradáč.
Every year, Hyundai Nošovice also supports the development of the surrounding villages and the projects and activities of its employees through grant programmes. This year, it distributed over CZK 1.5 million under the Good Neighbour and Together programmes.