Recently Liebherr were contacted by Birgit and Vincent King.  They are the very proud owners of a 45 year old Liebherr freezer.  And at almost half a century old it is still ticking… or should we say still ‘chilling’!

They felt compelled to reach out to Liebherr after their search for a new fridge highlighted the “quality gem [they] have in their Liebherr freezer”.

Passed down from generation to generation, the freezer could be considered a family heirloom.  Originally purchased by Birgit’s grandparents Paul and Olga Graumenz in Germany, it was gifted years later to her parents Siegfried and Brunhilde Schmandtke.  About eight years ago the freezer took up residency with Birgit and Vincent.

During its lengthy life the freezer has travelled from Germany to Australia.  Within Australia it moved multiple times in both Victoria and Queensland – with a total of 9 household locations!  A well-travelled freezer.

Not only is the freezer a seasoned traveller, it is also a fully-fledged expert volunteer appliance assistant.  It helps to provide bread for those in need within the community.  Truly just a volunteer by default.

Local heroes use Liebherr freezer for charity work

The true local heroes are Birgit, her husband Vincent and her parents Siegfried and Brunhilde.  In association with the Croydon Hills Baptist Church, they volunteer their time distributing bread twice a month to families in need.  This includes the elderly and a group of cleaning staff (mainly Burmese) who work in factories in the area where Birgit’s brother works.  Bakers Delight Ringwood manager Liz Angrove kindly provides the left over bread needed for this wonderful cause.

Siegried- Brunhilde and Birgit with old Liebherr freezer

This is not a recent venture for the family by any means.  For more than 20 years volunteer work has been a part of their lives.  Originally Vincent’s parents started distributing left over bread from the same store in association with the Salvation Army, with assistance from Birgit and Vincent.  About 12 years ago Birgit and Vincent ventured out on their own and now manage their own twice monthly bread distribution (with her parents assistance).  This is when the reliable Liebherr freezer became the perfect vessel for storing the bread once it came into their possession.

A little TLC has kept the freezer in perfect working order

Like all of us, as we age we sometimes need a little extra TLC.

Over recent years the freezer has undergone some DIY home repairs such as;

– A hand painted facelift (we all like to look our best right?).
– A new handle (the original plastic handle disintegrated from wear and tear).
– A new seal about ten years ago (an installed hook since then helps to keep the door sealed).
– The addition of some self-expanding gap filler to repair damage to insulation (after noticing two bottom drawers weren’t freezing).  Bugs in Queensland caused the damage.

Old Liebherr freezer 45 years old

Thank you’s all round!

When this freezer was built, automatic defrosting had not been invented.  The almost defunct freezer chisel gets a work-out with this manual defrost appliance, approximately every six months.  Switched off to defrost, and switched back on once complete, Birgit said it has never failed.  And would like to thank “Liebherr and all the staff for making such a quality product that we have had the pleasure of owning over the last two generations”.

And we want to thank you Birgit and Vincent!  For sharing your story, along with the community service you perform.  Liebherr are grateful to be able to be a part of your families’ journey!

In a day and age where we have become a somewhat disposable society, it is humbling as a brand to encounter a genuine, real life experience with a Liebherr appliance.  It truly encapsulates the essence of Liebherr – quality, confidence and trust.

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