In order to live together in peace, it also helps to make music together. Hella Lorberg from Bargteheide, for example, has been committed to music for many years. Her work was honoured with the Citizen Award in the “Lifetime achievement” category. She has been involved with many organisations since 1984. She is chairwoman of the Bargteheide Association for Ecclesiastical Music (“Förderverein Bargteheider Kirchenmusik”), founded the Bargteheide Culture Network (“Bargteheider Kulturträger”), the Chamber Music Association à la Carte (“à la carte Kammermusik”) and the Bargteheide Town Musicians (“Bargteheider Stadtmusikanten”), a network of institutions for the musical education of children. In addition, she collected EUR 250,000 in donations for the restoration of the church organ and for a Steinway grand piano in the “Stadthaus Bargteheide” community centre. When asked what drives her, Hella Lorberg answers: “It is important to promote harmony and beauty.”
The German Citizen Award’s self-imposed goal is to provide a platform for all those who voluntarily stand up for others. At the same time, the award reflects the diversity and success of this involvement, as more and more people are engaging in voluntary work. In 2014, 43.6% of the resident population over 14 years of age was involved in some form of voluntary work – that equates to 30.9 million people. Over the past 15 years, the involvement rate has increased by ca. 10%. And the upwards trend continues.