German entrepreneur Jürgen Wagentrotz donates more than €180,000 to Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS)
German entrepreneur and philanthropist Jürgen Wagentrotz has decided to donate more than €180,000 to search and rescue charity Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS).
Mr Wagentrotz, a successful businessman and philanthropist, is the first entrepreneur to respond to the appeal.
MOAS director Brig. Ret’d. Martin Xuereb thanked Mr Wagentrotz for his important contribution: “Mr Wagentrotz will not only be giving MOAS substantial and much-needed financial support. He will also be lending invaluable knowledge, expertise, contacts and experience. Most importantly, he is setting an example to other private citizens and businesses who should also get involved to help stop more tragedies in the Mediterranean.”
A former East German who left his homeland and parents at a young age, Mr Wagentrotz knows what it is like to be a refugee and feels a personal connection to the hundreds of thousands refugees risking their lives to reach Europe.
Mr Wagentrotz, a Christian, said he took inspiration from the German author Siegfried Lenz who once wrote: “Those who do not act are by no means free of guilt. One does not keep one’s purity by not taking sides.”
“I am sure that it pains God to see his children drowning and dying at sea. I’m very proud and grateful to be able to support MOAS and help save lives. I am sure this pleases God,” said Mr Wagentrotz.
OGI AG will be donating to the organisations’ substantial fuel needs, one of the largest costs involved in the search and rescue operations.
MOAS hopes to set sail again between May and October this year and is currently in discussion with other organisations and companies to ensure long-term sustainability.
MOAS has raised more than €80,000 through its crowdfunding initiative (www.moas.eu), half of which has been received from German citizens.
Donations can be made on www.moas.eu/donate.