How it all began
SV Rott striker Avdo Iljazovic donated his salary, including bonuses, which he earned at SV Rott in the 2017/18 season to people in need. Together with Schindler, he founded the aid organization “Fightback against Poverty”, which everyone can support in the future. “In the meantime, one has almost become indifferent when one sees the images of war, violence and starving people. This is why we want to use the signal effect of football with this campaign to do something about looking the other way,” says Iljazovic, explaining the reasons for his actions. The fact that an amateur footballer sets such a sign demands the highest respect from Schindler and persuades the managing director of Mathworks GmbH and founder and owner of the Aachen-based company m3connect to double every euro Iljazovic donates through this campaign. “If a player like Avdo, who is one of the strongest players in the region, sets an example here and does not focus on payment, then this is highly noteworthy,” explains Schindler, whose son also laces the shoes for SV Rott.
The idea for this unique amateur campaign was born at the end of last season. Schindler and Iljazovic bet on who will be the top scorer in the district league. Since the striker bet on himself and won the bet, he could be happy about a full premium. “I didn’t just want to spend the money on useless stuff, but on something useful,” says Iljazovic. Schindler says, however, that if SV Rott wins many games this season and one or two Rotter players join in, it could amount to a five-figure sum at the end of the season.
Basically, the successful businessman and long-time main sponsor of SV Rott is convinced that some of his team mates will join him and donate at least part of his salary. “The offer applies to all Rotter players. I’ll double every euro the boys want to donate,” Schindler explains, adding that anyone can do it as they see fit.
Schindler and Iljazovic assure us in unison that the donated money is in good hands and also reaches people in need, because “Fightback against Poverty” will join the parent club Peter Pan. Schindler founded this association 15 years ago to support the parents of children suffering from cancer. “The money for the new aid organization will go 100 percent to the corresponding projects,” says Schindler, who at the same time calls on Iljazovic to give them concrete suggestions where help is needed.
The Rotter striker focuses his attention above all on his home country Bosnia, from which he fled 25 years ago to the Eifel with his family during the civil war in what was then Yugoslavia. “When I visit my relatives and friends in Bosnia, I am regularly confronted with poverty. Many people just make ends meet or live below the very low poverty line there,” says Iljazovic, who also hopes that some prominent professional athletes will support the campaign. Another focus will be on Ghana.