I’m back! / Four Day Marches in Nijmegen

Before I continue, I would like to apologise for my absence the last two weeks. First, I was very busy and right after that I’ve been quite sick. But I’m back and planning on keeping up my normal blogging pace :-)

What was I so busy with you might ask? Well, since the beginning of this year I was selected to set up a student department within the Red Cross in the city where I study and live – Nijmegen. One of our big activities we came up with was centered around the biggest event in Nijmegen: the Four Day Marches. For four days, over 40,000 international people and military will walk either 30, 40 or 50 km each day! This makes it the largest march in the world. And it’s not only about the march; during ten days there are numerous concerts and parties organised, which makes Nijmegen one of the most fun places to be in The Netherlands for those few days :-)

Back to my story… What will those people need after walking so many kilometers? We thought a free massage would be nice and that’s what we did. We offered the walkers free massages by working together with physiotherapy students who all did this voluntary. With a strategic location, sunny weather, friendly and motivated volunteers, lots of (media) attention and many tired walkers we could help it turned out to be a big success! This is the picture that made it to the ANP, the leading news agency in The Netherlands. More pictures can be found here, an interview with Omroep Gelderland (local news) here.

Massage Red Cross

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