One week before the most beautiful holiday of the year (16.12.2019), children from three kindergartens in the town of Vysoké Tatry together with their teachers and headmasters introduced their projects that they could implement thanks to the grant programme of the TMR company – A Better Life in the Town of Vysoké Tatry. Kids from Nový Smokovec are happy about a new educational trail that will help them learn all trees that grow behind their windows. “With projects of this kind, children can grow, discover nature and learn to respect it. It´s one of the ways how to educate the younger generation,” said Ján Mokoš, the mayor of the town of Vysoké Tatry.
Kindergarten pupils from Tatranská Lomnica will fill their bellies with vegetables and herbs that they can grow in their elevated garden beds financed by the grant. “Kids can grow there everything that they know probably only from supermarkets. They will learn how to take care of the plants to understand how much has to be done to have the delicacies on the plate. We are very thankful to the grant programme for support. Schools in the High Tatras need such kind of help,” said Alena Jankulíková, the headmaster of the kindergarten in Tatranská Lomnica.
Kids in the kindergarten of Tatranská Kotlina will train and improve their motor skills on new climbing frames, a rope hill and swings. “With the project, our children can enjoy physical movement, discover something new and develop their physical skills. It helps them grow up in a healthier way,” explained Martina Nováková, the deputy headmaster of the kindergarten in Tatranská Kotlina.
The completed kindergarten projects were the last ones on the “agenda” of the first grant programme year. “We appreciate that the cooperation with the biggest investor in the High Tatras has got more intense and I hope this cooperation will continue for long,” commented the mayor of Vysoké Tatry. Dušan Slavkovský, the general manager of the mountain resorts in the High Tatras added that the company had been pleasantly surprised by the interest in the project which had been introduced by TMR to support local inhabitants of the Tatras. “It also confirmed that our decision had been right. I would like to thank all institutions that have joined our programme and helped make the Tatras a better place to live in thanks to their effort and creativity,” he said.
The second year of the grant programme was announced on the Cableway Open Day in late October. Local Tatra people can submit their projects until 31.12.2019. The sum meant for the support is as high as EUR 20,000. “The grant money can be applied for only by legal entities that are active in the territory of the town,” concluded Dušan Slavkovský. The grant application forms are available online: www.aketatrychceme.sk/grantovy-program-tmr/. One project can be supported with a maximum amount of EUR 3,000. All applications will be evaluated by a jury consisting of TMR company members, representatives of the town of Vysoké Tatry and independent authorities of the town.
About the grant programme
The main aim of the grant programme known as A Better Life in the Town of Vysoké Tatry is not only to support activities of local inhabitants in the High Tatras but also to motivate people and organisations to help the community. 23 projects applied for grant support in the first year of the programme existence and 9 were chosen by the grant committee. The projects supported with the total amount of EUR 19,930 covered the fields of sport, culture and youth support.
Tatry mountain resorts, a.s. (TMR) is the leader in tourism in Central and Eastern Europe; it owns or leases and operates attractive mountain resorts, amusement parks, golf resorts, restaurant facilities, sports services, stores and hotels. In the Low Tatras, Slovakia TMR owns and operates the resort Jasná Nízke Tatry and hotels Hotel Grand Jasná, Boutique Hotel Tri Studničky, Chalets Jasná De Luxe, Hotel Srdiečko, Hotel Pošta and Hotel Rotunda. TMR is also the owner of Aquapark Tatralandia, the largest Slovak water park with year-round operation, which besides water entertainment includes Tropical Paradise, a special tropical indoor hall with sea water, as well as Fun Park, and accommodation in bungalows and suites of Holiday Village Tatralandia. In Slovakia’s High Tatras TMR owns and operates the resort Vysoké Tatry with mountain areas of Tatranská Lomnica, Starý Smokovec, and Štrbské Pleso, which TMR co-manages. In the High Tatras TMR also owns hotels Grandhotel Praha Tatranská Lomnica, Grandhotel Starý Smokovec, Hotel FIS Štrbské Pleso and A night on Mt Lomnický štít. In Austria the Group owns and operates the alpine glacier resort, Mölltaler Gletscher, and its sister resort, Ankogel Mallnitz. In Czechia TMR also owns a minority share in Melida, a.s., which leases and operates the Špindlerův Mlýn resort. TMR also leases and operates the ski resort Ještěd, Golf & Ski Resort Ostravice and leases Kaskáda Golf Rezort Brno, where it runs a hotel, a restaurant and a conference centre. In Poland TMR owns and operates Szczyrk Mountain Resort and Legendia – Silesian Amusement Park (Śląskie Wesołe Miasteczko). Real estate projects are mostly focused on development, construction, and selling of apartments and non-residential premises and on hotel lease in the TMR resorts. By the end of 2018 around EUR 350 mil. had been invested into development and modernisation of TMR’s resorts. TMR shares are traded on three European stock exchanges – in Bratislava, Prague, and Warsaw.