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Introduction kicken & lesen Köln

During the reading promotion project kicken&lesen Köln boys of the fifth and sixth class from currently eight schools in Cologne experience reading as an exciting and fun activity. Over the course of one school year the boys are intensively supported by their teachers while practicing kicking and reading in weekly units. Read more

kicken&lesen Köln is a cooperative project of the SK Stiftung Kultur and the Stiftung 1. FC Köln.

picture: ©Janet Sinica

Successful evening

What a successful evening for our foundation: Lukas Podolski and Holger Stromberg won 125.000 € in the celebrities edition of "Who wants to be a millionaire?". The money will be used to create playing areas and football pitches in the Cologne region.

Thank you Nicole

During our LP2014 fundraising campaign, VIP tickets for the match of the German national team vs. USA on June 10th in Cologne have been raffled amongst all givers. Nicole was the lucky winner, who also met Lukas after the final training the evening before the match. Thank you for your support, Nicole!

RheinFlanke BUS helps asylum seekers

The number of asylum seekers and refuges is rising – worldwide but also in our city of Cologne. It is community engagement that can help tackle the challenges and that’s exactly what the RheinFlanke BUS aims at: The BUS is a rebuild, fully-equipped coach that provides sufficient room for sports equipment, counseling and consultation. Thus, it’s possible to offer on-board sport, health and consulting services at asylum seekers’ accommodations. The “BUS” benefits from both its mobility and flexibility and is a valuable contribution to the ongoing efforts to provide help and advice for those in need. Two full-time employees are traveling with the bus on five days per week and throughout the whole year: A network of help is growing in Cologne. It offers new chances. read more

The ”Runner in the Kilt“ is back again!

John McGurk and his organization Sportler 4 a childrens world have been supporting Die Arche for many years by donating the funds raised with their charity runs to the children and youth relief organization. Lukas Podolski’s Die Arche in Warsaw is grateful to have received generous founding as well.

Now a new charity run is coming up, themed “Wir bewegen was!” (literally: we’ll move something!). The ambitious goal: 2015 km in 14 days and 14 nights! The run started on 21 April 2015, and will take John and his team across Germany: passing by several Archelocations from Munich to Berlin-Hellersdorf where the run will finish on 05 May. Naturally, John will collect money along his way - all of which will be donated to Die Arche.

Die Arche also moves everything to help children have a better place in life and to become a valuable and active part of our society. GO JOHN!!

See www.benefizlauf2015.de. for more information on “Reno Benefizlauf 2015”. read more


Lukas looks back on a fantastic year 2014: Winning the World Cup with the German national team! Winning the FA-Cup with Arsenal London! And so many more small and big joys to remember. By now everyone knows that Lukas likes to share the good things that happen to him. That’s what his social engagement stands for. Especially this year, in 2014, when the Lukas Poldolski foundation kicks off the “LP2014” charity campaign. read more

LP2014: Donation bus in Cologne

Cologne is Cologne is Cologne! No surprise that something extraordinary is about to happen: The „LP 2014“ donation bus is making its way through the city from 01 – 23 December. Don't miss out the opportunity to admire Lukas' precious souvenirs from 2014 such as his World Cup medal or his original jerseys from the World Cup and FA-cup finals – of course signed by all his teammates. A big Thank you to our bus tour partners Früh, Sparhandy, REWE, PSD Bank Köln and KerryGum for making this possible! read more

LP2014: Online Auctions

Unique money-can't-buy items from Lukas and companions are up for grabs at Germany’s largest online charity platform unitedcharity.de. All pieces are of personal values and related to Lukas' success year 2014. read more 


Jochen Schwärzel und Jürgen Klempp, two very sympathic craftsmen did something extraordinary for the Arche in Berlin-Hellersdorf. They spent their free time in the facility to improve the constructions. And they did the work for free.

LP2014: Giving & Winning

Don't have the wherewithal to purchase one of Lukas' keepsakes? No worries, supporting our cause with just a small donation will automatically enter you for a chance to win one of the most treasured pieces. Donate online via betterplace.org, Germany's largest, safe and easy online fundraising platform, to be part of the game. read more 


The summer party of the Arche in Dusseldorf was a highlight and big success! The rain couldn't stop the nice atmosphere which was created by more than 500 kids!


The Rheinflanke is happy to announce that the organization has published ist new book for kids. Since the middle of July you can get it by the ISBN Number: 9783735721686 and in more than 1000 online shops in Germany.


We congratulate Lukas and the German national team for winning the World Cup in Brazil!

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On the end of June our supported project "RheinFlanke" brought the World Cup feeling to the German sports and Olympic museum in Cologne! 34 national teams and more than 100 players took part in the challenge. The team of Iran won the Cup.

Warsaw Ark

The Lukas Podolski Ark in Warsaw is now open!

“Hang tough!“

Why talent is only the beginning” (“Dranbleiben! Warum Talent nur der Anfang ist“) by Lukas Podolski


We´re very happy to have such good friends! A big "Thank You" goes to the family The Geissens. They donated a huge amount that they won in a TV quiz show to our foundation!


We´re looking forward to presenting our foundation on the foundations´day in Cologne in September! More information: http://www.koelner-stiftungstag.de/veranstaltungen/wir-bewegen-was-20-09-2014/


Just fantastic! The Warsaw Rotary Club is supporting our arka in Warsaw with 1200 zl. We are very happy about this help!