Ever since the time of Olof Wallenius, consideration for staff, business partners and our surroundings has been great. The activities are characterised by the same point of view today. Our commitment and support focus on three primary areas: disaster relief, support for medical activities and support for children and young people. What's more, the Group's different companies are involved in a number of other areas, such as the environment, technical development and education. Some of our projects are presented below:
The Royal Swedish Opera
Wallenius Lines is a partner of the Royal Swedish Opera and has been supporting the pedagogical work of “Young People at the Opera” in schools since 2015. The focus of “Young People at the Opera” is to promote the integration of art in schools and thereby contribute to the positive development of children, classes and schools.
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Att växa genom skapande - slutrapport från samarbetet mellan Unga på operan och Smedshagsskolan (PDF 2019)
Rapporten från det första projektet 2015 på Smedshagsskolan finns här.
Rapport från det andra projektet i mellanstadieskolorna 2016 finns här.
Karolinska University Hospital
Thanks to a large donation from Wallenius Lines at the beginning of the 2000s, the Karolinska University Hospital was able to acquire two modern surgical robots. These were initially used for heart surgery and then moved to the Urology Department for surgery on, for example, prostate cancer. In 2013, a second large donation was made to the Karolinska University Hospital, enabling them to acquire a further two robotically-assisted surgery systems.
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For many years, different companies in the Group have supported a number of aid organisations. Following the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, we coordinated this aid and now make annual donations in the name of Wallenius Lines to the various disaster relief funds of Save the Children, the Red Cross and Médecins Sans Frontières. The funds need money and we feel that these organisations are better placed to decide when, how and for which disasters the money is used.
Swedish Sea Rescue Society
Our involvement with the voluntary organisation SSRS has a long history and is just as extensive today. Over the years, we have supplemented the Swedish Sea Rescue Society's fleet with two sea rescue cruisers, the Signe Wallenius and the Olof Wallenius, stationed at Öregrund Sea Rescue Station and Falkenberg Sea Rescue Station respectively. A few years ago, sea rescue operations at Lake Mälaren were expanded with the hovercraft Mats Kleberg, which can be used all year round.
The Group’s co-workers have been involved for some years as teachers and supervisors on board m/s Shamrock, a small vessel that for 40 years has arranged summer sailing trips for young people. Through annual financial support and targeted donations, Wallenius Marine has enabled these youth activities and sailings to continue.
Education in the Philippines
In 2005, we became involved in a unique school project run by the Philippine state. The school, which has 1,800 pupils, is located in the province of Cavite, south of Metro Manila, and is called the Maragondon Elementary School. Every year Wallenius Marine donates money to build and equip a classroom.
Hässelby Hem's local involvement
As the owner and manager of a large number of properties, it is important to get involved locally. In a number of very valuable collaborations, we help support children and youth via, for example, Homework Help and the Samba Football Academy in Hässelby.