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Daimler Symphony Orchestra: Charity concert for Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe

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On Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, the Daimler Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, together with pianist Marcel Mok and under its longtime musical director Matthias Baur, played a benefit concert for the Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe. The orchestra, a project of music enthusiasts from the Daimler Group, has been active since 1978. Former Stuttgart mayor Dr. Wolfgang Schuster gave a welcoming address.

The program, pieces by Brahms and Dvořák, attracted an audience of 320 to the Stuttgart Filharmonie. The proceeds for Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe were 7,185 euros, which will benefit our work for children with cleft lip and palate in developing countries.

We would like to thank Dr. Schuster, Marcel Mok, the entire Daimler Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart and all guests for their support of our work and for a truly wonderful evening.

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Alexander Gross, chairman of the board of DCKH, giving an introductory address.
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schuster, the former mayor of Stuttgart, gave a welcome speech.
Scenes from DCKH’s 20 years of history.
The Daimler Symphonic Orchestra consists of music enthusiasts from the employees of the Daimler concern.
The orchestra has a long proud history: it was founded in 1978!
Matthias Baur has been the musical director for many years now.
Pianist Marcel Mok.
The beautiful ambiance of the Filharmonie and the wonderful artists made it an evening to remember.

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The parents of our cleft children are always full of gratitude. When their child is born with cleft, they often do not know what to make of the malformation, much less that it can be treated. And even if they do - most of our little patients come from the poorest of backgrounds. Their parents could never afford the operation. It is an unimaginable happiness for them to learn that their children can receive qualified treatment, and free of charge even. This wonderful, touching film from our Bolivian aid project captures these special moments of happiness.
Video: Impressions from Pakistan
This film, made for our Pakistani partner organization, the Al-Mustafa Welfare Societey, by the father of one of our patients, shows scenes from our work in Karachi. From here, our senior surgeon Prof. Ashraf Ganatra treats cleft children from poorest families. He operates the children from Karachi at the Al Mustafa Medical Center. In order to reach the many needy families living outside the city, he also regularly heads out to local provincial hospitals to treat cleft patients there.