Status: 09.12.2023, 08:55 a.m.
By: Clara Wildenrath
The new patron of Citizens for Citizens is Josef Brustmann (Centre). Chairwoman Eva-Maria Rühling and her deputy Ernst Wieser. © Hans Lippert
The cabaret artist Josef Brustmann takes over the patronage of the Wolfratshausen neighbourhood association Citizens for Citizens.
Wolfratshausen – Josef Brustmann joked that he had to buy an umbrella at the Untermarkt first: "I've never owned one in my life." Nevertheless, he was very happy to become a patron of the Wolfratshausen association Citizens for Citizens. "I felt such a base of humanity here. I would like to support this and see what I can do," he said at the official announcement on Wednesday morning.
Josef Brustmann takes over the patronage of Citizens for Citizens – "Hoping for Radiance"
For chairwoman Eva-Maria Rühling, the cabaret artist, who grew up in Waldram, is an ideal fit for the association. "Everyone is who" is the title of his recently published biography, and that is exactly the principle of neighbourhood help: "For us, everyone is important, without exception. If you need help, you've come to the right place."
For 33 years, the association has been taking care of the people in Wolfratshausen and the surrounding area: Among other things, it offers supervised playgroups for small children, arranges babysitters, brings together enterprising people in the leisure exchange and helps asylum seekers. The focus, however, is on working with senior citizens, explained Rühling: "In 2023, we had a total of 487 events for seniors." The programme includes, for example, cinema visits, sports activities, day trips and a digital café for mobile phone and computer problems. In addition, 135 elderly people are currently being cared for at home in the Senior Citizens' Care.
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"More than 240 volunteers provide more than 28,500 volunteer hours a year," Rühling summed up. The problem is that too little is known about the wide range of social services "on the doorstep" – especially among potential donors and sponsors. "We would like to support even more people in need. But we need money for that." That is why she had been looking for a suitable patron for a long time, explained the chairwoman. "Above all, we were looking for someone whose name and commitment would help more and more citizens to know about our work and the help offered by our association." An agreement had already been reached with Josef Brustmann in the first detailed information meeting.
The native of Waldram, who now lives in Icking, was impressed by the program of the neighborhood help: "This is a showcase project on which we have to shed more light," emphasized the 68-year-old, who received a star on the Wolfratshausen Walk of Fame in 2019. He finds it sad that the association does not receive more financial support from the public sector for its social work. As a patron, he would be happy to look for sponsors on a project-by-project basis. "It's hard for me to beg," he said. "For others, yes." In addition, he wants to raise income through charity events – for example, with a reading from his new book. However, there are no concrete plans yet.
The patronage is a premiere for both sides. "We will slowly feel our way around what we can achieve together with Mr. Brustmann," said Rühling. "We hope for the charisma of his name." In the future, this should draw even more attention to the club and its urgently needed work.
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