Picture by Michael Rapaic
Over the weekend of 23 and 24 September, teams from our Austrian, German and Polish JOIN members provided assistance at the 44th BMW Berlin Marathon with a total of 300 volunteers. This year, a record number of 43,852 runners registered for the race.
On Sunday, the day of the main race, St John volunteers staffed 25 help points along the route and in the finish area to look after the runners and the spectators. 10 emergency ambulances, 15 patient transport ambulances, 2 emergency medical service vehicles, 10 motorcycles, 2 bicycles and 20 foot patrols were present. JOIN members’ services were required in 768 incidents, which was considered as a ‘calm event’.
Picture by Johanniter Germany
On Saturday took place the mini-marathon and the skaters’ marathon. 200 St John volunteers were involved and offered their services in 198 incidents.
Fifteen Polish volunteers from Joannici Dzieło Pomocy and seven volunteers from Johanniter-unfall-Hilfe Austria went to support the Berlin Johanniter regional branch. Other German St John volunteers came from Aachen, Baden-Würtenberg, Brandenburg-Nordwest, Bremen, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Göttingen, Hamburg, Ingolstadt, Kiel, Leipzig, Leising, Nordbrandenburg, Oderland-Spree, Regensburg, Salzgitter, Schleswig, Schwabach, Singen, Südbrandenburg, Weimar, Wunstorf, and Zwickau-Voigtland.
Picture by André Schweigler