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Traditional Dance for Life to open summer at the Ostrava steel plant. This year’s event to support surgery for disadvantaged citizens and marshland preservation.

Ostrava, 26 June 2018 - It has been exactly 10 years since the Arcelor Mittal Ostrava first supported the festival Colours of Ostrava. From the very beginning, the steel plant also supported the Festival in the Streets and introduced the Dance for Life event to both of these festivals. The motto of the dancing event has been to enjoy and to help. This year again, the traditional dancing session continues to invite visitors of both festivals to the dance tent where they will be able not only to amuse themselves but also to help a good cause.

In the interactive tent, visitors will try to imitate the choreography of professional dancers and will be awarded points for every correct move. These are then converted to money by the steel plant and sent out to non-profit organisations in the region. The participants of Dance for Life can decide at the end of the dance to which project they would like to assign the money they raised with their dancing.

“Since 2010, when Dance for Life became part of the festivals in Ostrava, 40 thousand people have taken part in the ArcelorMittal dance who have made 3.3 million of crowns for 31 organisations from the region,” says Monika Pěnčíková, head of corporate responsibility and social services at ArcelorMittal Ostrava.

This year the steel plant together with visitors to the festivals will support a Salvation Army project for opening a surgery for disadvantaged citizens in Ostrava. The surgery will serve both indoors and in the field to offer preventive and educative programmes as well as raise awareness of medical workers with the aim of improving care for the homeless.

A second project visitors can support with their dance is preservation of unique marshlands in the basin areas of the rivers Ostravice and Morávka. These serve as natural water reservoirs in open landscape as well as shelter areas for endangered plant species. Czech Union for Nature Conservation (ČSOP) Salamandr will be in charge of taking care of the marshes.

“Visitors may enjoy not only dancing and fun but also other interesting activities. The organisations we have supported via the Dance for Life project will be taking care of entertainment in the fun zone: they are the Salvation Army, Czech Union for Nature Conservation (ČSOP) – Salamandr, Mental Café and Mobile Hospice Ondrášek,” says Monika Pěnčíková.

The fun zone surrounding the ArcelorMittal Dance for Life tent will be occupied by the non-profit organisations with which the Ostrava steelmaker co-operates on the Dance for Life event. At the stand of the Mobile Hospice Ondrášek, visitors will be able to make their own festival headbands and baristas in the mobile Mental Café will prepare delicious coffee for them. ČSOP Salamandr will invite visitors to try out stone painting and engage in a range of other creative activities. Salvation Army offers a unique minigolf called The Way which will serve to illustrate the ways in which Salvation Army helps socially handicapped people to overcome their obstacles.

ArcelorMittal Ostrava a.s. is part of the world’s largest steel and mining group ArcelorMittal. Annually it produces over 2 million tonnes of steel, which is mainly used in construction and machinery. It is the biggest manufacturer of road safety barriers in the Czech Republic. Besides the domestic market the company delivers its products to more than 40 countries around the world. In the Moravian-Silesian region, ArcelorMittal employs 6500 workers. The 2017 average monthly income was CZK 36 646. As a result of the completion of a range of above-standard emission control technologies, the company produces its products with the minimum possible environmental footprint. The sole shareholder is ArcelorMittal S.A.

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