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22. March 2024

Tom Lohner x Caritas

"Education with an artistic nougat touch: Zotter chocolate for "100 Years of Caritas" presented to benefit the Learning Cafés - Tom Lohner designed the cover image

It tastes like nougat and helps with learning: A special edition of Zotter chocolate featuring an image by Graz artist Tom Lohner adds a special note to the 100th anniversary of Caritas Styria. Caritas Director Nora Tödtling-Musenbichler has now presented the anniversary chocolate together with chocolatier Josef Zotter, the artist Tom Lohner who designed the cover image, and SPAR as the distribution partner.

Fifty cents from each bar sold go to the Styrian Learning Cafés. The exquisite composition is now available at all Styrian Spar, Eurospar, and Interspar markets as well as at Carla and Zotter. Graz artist Tom Lohner created an image for the design of the bar titled "An Angel Lies Within Each of Us." Spar and Zotter donate 25 cents each from every bar sold to the campaign "Styrians Help Styrians" by Kleine Zeitung.

This supports the Caritas Learning Cafés, where children from disadvantaged families receive help with learning. At nine locations, supervisors and volunteers support around 280 children with their learning, homework, and preparation for exams. Additionally, they also snack, craft, and play together. Ninety-nine percent of the children successfully complete their respective school year and go on strengthened into the future. Nora Tödtling-Musenbichler, Director of Caritas Styria: "A good life for everyone – that is what we aim to achieve at Caritas. In our work, we deal more with the bitter aspects of life.

Josef Zotter now shows with the anniversary chocolate that helping can also bring a sweet note into life. Tom Lohner has created a subject that impressively represents the human capacity for good – a powerful, motivating image! And our distribution partner Spar ensures that we come a step closer to our goal of coming into contact with as many people as possible. Many thanks to them all and to Styrians Help Styrians for making this possible together."

Josef Zotter, Chocolatier and Innovator: "Caritas is a very important institution that enables quick help for people in need and for many, it is an anchor amid helplessness, despair, and isolation. The facilities of Caritas are important meeting points in many situations. With the special edition '100 Years of Caritas,' we also want to support the projects of Caritas. For us, maximizing humanity is probably our greatest gain."

Christoph Holzer, Managing Director of SPAR Styria: "This year we celebrate 70 years of SPAR and are proud to be able to offer this special chocolate comprehensively throughout the entire state, thus also doing good in the 100-year existence of Caritas Styria. For each chocolate sold, SPAR and Zotter donate 0.50 euros to the Caritas Learning Cafés in Styria."

Tom Lohner, Artist: "May this artwork contribute to igniting a wave of generosity and humanity that shapes our world for the coming years and moves the hearts of many to discover and live the power of neighborly love."

Photo credit: Andreas Prückler (Kleine Zeitung), Tom Lohner, Richard Kaufmann (SPAR), Caritas Director Nora Tödtling-Musenbichler, Josef Zotter, and Thomas Spann (Kleine Zeitung) at the presentation of the 100-Year Chocolate in the studio of artist Tom Lohner (© Stefan Pajman)"
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