About Us

The idea

The Board

Karl G. Polaska-Auer


Krystyna Polaska-Auer

Board member, tour guide, treasurer

Dr. Christoph Gratl





  • There are far too many families who have disabled or terminally ill children.
  • There are far too many families who have been damaged by war and environmental disasters.
  • There are far too many families who have to live below the poverty line.
  • There are far too many families on the run.
  • There are far too many families whose children have been victims of sexual abuse.
  • And there are far too many mothers and fathers living on the breadline as single parents.

What they all have in common is the fact that the word “vacation” is a foreign word.



Also for underprivileged children and families. We enable people from difficult, sometimes hopeless situations to spend carefree days with accompanying therapists if necessary. Vacations reduce suffering for these children and families.

Examples of people affected: The H. family is in a very special situation. The family has lived very modestly financially since the company went bankrupt. Last year, the father died of cancer and the mother is now also ill (she has COPD and is on the waiting list for a lung transplant). A family vacation would be a great experience, especially for the 12-year-old son, which is probably the only opportunity for the family under these circumstances…

Mrs. T., single parent (husband sent away because of violence, was in a women’s shelter) 2 children (total € 560), no family allowance, rent (1-room apartment) € 260, electricity € 30. No contribution for travel costs, no work permit.

Mrs. O. is a single parent, father of child died of cancer before birth of son. In addition to her income as a sales clerk, she receives minimum benefits. Was in hospital in January, is very exhausted. Son is in the 4th grade of secondary school. She has no financial resources to afford a vacation.

Mrs. N. (2 children aged 9 and 16) the mother works full-time, but there is no money for a vacation, if possible she would take the older son (12 years) of a single mother friend with her, who cannot take a vacation due to her illness (cancer).

Mrs. S. (3 children 5,6,10 and single mother) The mother of the child works as a cleaner. The children’s father repeatedly causes major problems as he puts the family under massive pressure or bullies them. Mother has no family support herself.

Mrs. K. (2 children 10,14 and single mother) Mother has been on sick leave for a long time for health reasons. Financial situation is already extremely precarious, the whole family is suffering.


A name is associated with Global Family Charity Resort:

Karl Gerhard Polaska-Auer

Born in 1959 as the youngest of 3 sons as a working-class child in Rottenmann, Styria, he grew up in poor circumstances. His father, a nursing case for many years, died when Auer was still a child. Despite his difficult background, the father of five became an autodidact and became a journalist, newspaper publisher, public relations specialist and published a book on mental wellness.

He has been involved in social projects for years, founding “Die Gute Zeitung” and generating over 80,000 euros in donations for war victims for Caritas during the war in Yugoslavia. The “Die Gute Zeitung” concept is then donated to Willi Resetarits’ integration house.

Auer subsequently wins over the well-known comedian Otto Waalkes and organizes the first major charity event with him. The foundation stone for Global Family was laid on July 7, 2007, after Adi Werner from the Arlberg Hospice invited the first affected families to visit him. Above all, however, Global Family is supported by the many hotelier families who take in affected families.



Global Family is looking for people, companies and organisations as active and supporting members who can support this project through financial and/or material donations as well as services, or who can actively contribute with their expertise and personality.

  • We are looking for hoteliers for whom charity is not a foreign word and who offer us their hospitality for holidays for children and parents in need.
  • We are looking for more psychologists and therapists who can provide helpful support to affected families during their holidays.
  • We are looking for advertising agencies to market us pro bono.
  • We are looking for marketing and event specialists to support us in fundraising.
  • We are looking for media partners who will not only do good, but also report on it widely.
  • We are looking for members and holiday sponsors.
  • People who are actively involved as ambassadors, holiday sponsors, passive and active members or sponsors.
  • We are looking for chauffeurs and taxi drivers,
    who volunteer to drive families safely on holiday.
  • And we are looking for people who are no strangers to charity.

Have these lines piqued your interest?

Send us an e-mail office(at)global-family.net or give us a call: 0043 699 172 119 06



The segregation of socially disadvantaged people is a particular problem. Due to the idea of a suitable housing option and the financial resources available to individuals to realise these ideas, residential areas are usually formed that are largely inhabited by the socially disadvantaged population. This often leads to stigmatisation and thus to the exclusion of those affected.

In addition, children and young people from socially disadvantaged families attend the same schools. These also differ from one another in terms of structure, composition and quality, which means that the experiences that young people have in them are also different. Particularly for children and young people whose socialisation is not yet complete, the housing situation and the type of school represent resources and opportunities for gaining experience, interaction and learning processes.

The aim of the holiday sponsorship programme is to break down this segregation. Families from ‘normal’ backgrounds – the sponsor family – and the socially disadvantaged family – the exceptional family – spend a holiday together and can thus learn from each other. The children of the sponsor family learn that their standard of living cannot be taken for granted and that people should not be judged superficially by their possessions. The children of the exceptional family learn about acceptance and self-confidence and make new friends, friends of friends and friends of friends.