The current number of refugees is probably known by most people in the Wadersloh community – this important subject is widely reported in the news coverage. In contrast, another important number is also remarkable, even if many citizens in the community are unaware of it: that around 150 volunteer helpers are active in providing aid to refugees in Wadersloh, Liesborn and Diestedde. They devote themselves and their strengths to this cause.
All the volunteers were invited to the Old Distillery in Wadersloh, to attend a thankyou evening organized by the municipality of Wadersloh and hosted by Mayor Christian Thegelkamp.
The thankyou evening for our community volunteers, held a few days ago, was to express our deep gratitude to these quiet helpers. In an engaging atmosphere, the many supporters of “Refugee Aid Wadersloh” were able to exchange experiences and receive proper thanks.
Around 100 guests accepted the invitation of the municipality that night and were welcomed in the Old Distillery with words of recognition by Mayor Christian Thegelkamp: “Every day and in so many ways you perform small miracles of charity and support. I am grateful for each of you.” In an informative PowerPoint presentation, Maria Tiessen from Caritas in the Deanery of Warendorf also spoke on the topic “What to do and what not to do in volunteering”. Finally, the volunteers’ coordinator, Werner Eckey expressed his profound gratitude to all the volunteers, after which in pleasant atmosphere, the assembled volunteers enjoyed refreshments of hot soup and cold drinks.
The thankyou evening was concluded with an exhibition of photographs by the journalist Christina Felschen who had visited many refugees in Wadersloh over the past weeks. These expressive images captured the experiences and scenes from the lives of refugees in their new homes in Wadersloh, Liesborn or Diestedde and were being exhibited for the first time that evening. The pictures and texts by Christina Felschen will be on public display at Wadersloh Town Hall in the spring.