Weeding, cleaning windows and washing cars are generally tasks that are postponed because they are not much fun. On the first Friday in June, however, we experienced the opposite. This is ecause the enjoyment one gets from mundane tasks can depend on where and for whom you do the otherwise unloved activities.
The Children’s Hospice Bärenherz in Wiesbaden
To put it in a nutshell, a team of seven of us went to the children’s hospice Bärenherz in Wiesbaden to help out as part of OTRS’s CSR program. The children’s hospice Bärenherz Wiesbaden looks after, cares for and accompanies children who have a life-shortening illness and their families, regardless of their culture, race or religion. The Bear Heart team supports the entire family in all processes with inpatient and outpatient services.
It is incredibly rewarding for everyone involved to give children beautiful memories and moments in the last phase of their lives and to be of great support to their relatives.
On our CSR Day, we had the chance to take a look behind the scenes during a guided tour of the facility and to better understand the work of the children’s hospice. We were touched by the staff’s commitment to the sick children, the lovingly designed facility and the great concept. It is incredibly rewarding for everyone involved to give children beautiful memories and moments in the last phase of their lives and to be of great support to their relatives.
No ordinary working day
It was with this in mind that we set to work, full of joy as we weeded weeding the courtyard driveway, washed car interiors and cleaned windows. All of a sudden, the otherwise-unpopular tasks were a lot of fun. And we could in share the sentiment of an employee of the Bärenherz Foundation: Despite the sad topic, there is a lot of life in the children’s hospice!
We have thus not only made a small contribution to the children’s hospice, but also learned a lot and experienced a different type of teamwork.