Over six hundred young and old are enrolled in the Bergisch stage at Kinder-Lebens-Lauf, which leads from Langenfeld to Cologne and stops at Bergisch Gladbach several times. The campaign aims to set a strong example of hospice work. Highlights A large family festival in Konrad-Adenauer-Platz and a music festival in Grace Church.
In Bergisch Gladbach, the Children’s Life Race kicks off on Thursday (4 August) at 1 p.m. in Herz-Gesu-Kirche in Schelden. At 2:45 pm, a procession through the pedestrian zone to Konrad-Adenauer-Platz begins in the city center in front of the RheinBerg Gallery.
Program at a glance
Thursday August 4
- 1:00 pm Start of the run Schildgen – Bergisch Gladbach (C)
- 2:00 pm Arrival of the old caravan at Konrad Adenauer Platz
- 2:45 pm: Parade from the RheinBerg fair to the market
- 3 pm The opening of the family festival in the market
- 6 p.m. Music festival in the church garden of Grace Church
- 6:30 p.m. Gladbach run stage to VPH in Bensberg (through the Hardt Forest area)
Friday August 5
- 2 p.m. Stage running Pennsburg – Refrath (via Königsforest)
Saturday August 6
- 10 a.m. running stage Refrath – Cologne (Rheinpark), the final concert
More details about the race track can be found in this article
At about 3 p.m., Deputy Mayor Maria Scherer will welcome participants on behalf of the city to Market Square and inaugurate the Family Walking Children’s Festival. A number of socially active organizations present themselves at this family festival and offer great games for kids.
Rubber castle, painting contest, dream vehicle and vintage car
BELKAW will create a bouncy castle for toddlers to de-stress. Skill games, craft corners and face painting are just part of the colorful show for the whole family.
A drawing competition will be held for creative children, with attractive prizes to win for the whole family.
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‘Angel Torch’ stops at Children’s Life Run at GL
Kinder-Lebens-Lauf 2022 started in Berlin in April, with thousands of runners traveling more than 7,000 kilometers around Germany by October. The angel flame, the symbol of the children’s hospice, is transferred from the children’s hospice to the children’s hospice. For the route from Langenfeld via Bergisch Gladbach to Cologne, Hits fürs Hospiz eV is still looking for participants.
Meanwhile, seniors can take a look at the Bergisches Wunschmobil Hotel right next door. With this specially converted vehicle, Hits fürs Hospiz caters to the special travel wishes of patients. You can win great games nearby at Hits Force Hospies.
But even before that, there will be a special attraction at Konrad-Adenauer-Platz. At around 2pm we expect a convoy of old cars that will head into central Gladbach parallel to the running range.
Musical evening in the church garden of Grace Church
The festival ends in Konrad-Adenauer-Platz around 6 p.m. to make way for another attraction. Meanwhile, at 6 p.m., a special Children’s Life Race music festival begins nearby, in Gnadenkirche.
In the church garden behind the Gnadenkirche, the EVK Nursing Home with Gnadenkirche and Quirls presents an evening of music with Pütz & Bänd, the duo Claudia Groß & Jan Weigelt and local champions Duo Pascal. Admission to the event is free; But donations are appreciated!
Graduation at the Rheinpark in Cologne
The third festival of the Children’s Life Run 2022 will be held in Cologne Rheinpark. In the beer garden of the renovated Rheinpark-Café, Hits fürs Hospiz presents the “Cologne Finale”. Among others, Marietta Kollner, “Klimpermännchen” Thomas Cüpper and “Flöckchen” will be there. Then she plays Werstener Music Company. Entry is free here too, and donations are welcome.
After more than 70 kilometers, the six-day segment of the children’s life through the Bergisches Land, organized by Hits for the hospice, ends with the festival in the Rheinpark.
The Engel torch will be handed over to the Aged Care Service in Irvinestadt at the reception at Cologne City Hall by Cologne Mayor Henriette Reeker, North Rhine-Westphalia Minister of the Interior Herbert Rolle and Paul Falk, President of the Hitz Council for the Elderly. Then the people of Erwistadt carry an Engel’s torch across the Rhine to Neuss.
More than 7000 km for children’s hospice work
Then the children’s life cycle continues for 62 days. On October 8, 2022, the Engel torch will return to where it started on April 7 to celebrate World Aged Care Day in Berlin. Several thousand runners traveled more than 7,000 kilometers across Germany. They have left marks all over the place for the valuable hospice work.
More information: www.kinderlebenslauf.de / www.hits-fürs-hospiz.de
Background: The Bundesverband Kinderhospiz e. V. (BVKH) is a comprehensive organization of outpatient and inpatient pediatric care facilities in Germany. The association was founded in 2002. It is based in Berlin and has an office in Lenzkirch in the Black Forest.
As a professional association, it is the point of contact for politics, science, clinicians, payers, donors, and sponsors. Association members are outpatient and inpatient child care facilities as well as organizations and individuals who are associated with child care centers and promote their interests.
In 2018, BVKH carried out the first nationwide Children’s Life Race to draw attention to the difficult situation of seriously ill children and young people in Germany. The second Life Run for Children across the country ends on International Day of Older Persons on October 8th, again in Berlin.
More information: www.bundesverband-kinderhospiz.de
background: hits for Hospiz eV is a voluntary, non-profit initiative founded by Paul Falk and headquartered in Ofater. Born from the idea of fundraising to expand a very small hospice at Vinzenz Pallotti Hospital in Bensberg through charity concerts, the first of the five charity concerts took place on August 26, 2007 under the title “Hits fürs Hospiz”.
The first funding measure, the Pennsburg Hospice Expansion, was successfully implemented in 2010. Since then, more local hospice projects have been launched by Hits Elderly and existing offerings have been expanded. With donations of more than 1.5 million euros, a number of local institutions and organizations have been supported in the area between Cologne, Gummersbach, Bonn and Wuppertal and with their help many people with life-shortening diseases have been helped.
Since 2015, helping children and young people with life-threatening illnesses has been another focus of our work:
- Develop and fund local counseling centers for affected families.
- Funding outpatient and inpatient facilities to accompany and support those affected in daily life as well as in the phase of illness, death and mourning.
- Placement of fellow volunteers for practical support in daily life and for discussions with a view to improving the quality of life of those affected.
- Mediation in material assistance and advice in life crises or illness.
- Providing vehicles, aids and appropriate communication devices for the disabled.
- Financing temporary care expenses.
- Strengthening rehabilitation measures. – Helping to participate in social life through transportation and accompaniment.
- Financing vacation and recuperation procedures.
- Encourage fun activities for grieving children and youth.
- Day trips and short trips with “Bergisches Wunschmobil” More information: www.hits-fürs-hospiz.de and www.bergisches-wuenschemobil.de