Our Henkel volunteers gave their all to support the athletes at the Special Olympics World Games. Let’s see what they got up to during their voluntary work – and how different their days looked compared to a normal workday at Henkel.
It’s 8:00 o’clock in the morning in Berlin. For Henkel employee Jörg Ertl his day as a volunteer at the Special Olympics has just started. Around this time, he’d usually be at Henkel’s adhesive technologies production site in Heidelberg, Germany, to steer the cleaning process of production parts with external partners. At the Special Olympics in Berlin, he instead makes sure the boccia court is well prepared for the first matches of the day. Part of this task is to try out the court himself – a fun start to the day!
Jörg is not a first-time volunteer at the Special Olympics. He has previously been to the Special Olympics Germany in Hanover and Kiel. “Seeing the athletes’ dedication and spirit, the joy when they compete in the games and the tears while being honored during the award ceremonies, is inspiring, impressive and humbling,” Jörg says. For Jörg it’s important to show his support to people with intellectual disabilities, make them feel seen and stand up for a more inclusive community – whether it’s at the Special Olympics in Hanover, Kiel, or Berlin or as a representative for colleagues with disabilities at Henkel in Heidelberg.