ONLY THREE DAYS TO #EAPC2019 … AHEAD OF THE 16TH WORLD CONGRESS OF THE EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION FOR PALLIATIVE CARE (EAPC) TO BE HELD IN BERLIN, GERMANY, 23 TO 25 MAY 2019, WE BRING YOU ANOTHER POST IN OUR SERIES, ‘WELCOME TO BERLIN’.
Among more than 3,000 people attending the congress will be two women from Bavaria whose journey will be unique: they will travel more than 500 kilometres to Berlin – by bicycle. Dr Irmgard Singh, from a day hospice in Kleingmain, Austria, and Ms Sabine Brantner, from Anna Hospizverein in Mühldorf, Germany, invite you to meet them along the way.
The special feature of our journey to this year’s 16th EAPC World Congress is that we’re cycling all the way – from Salzburg to Berlin. And we’re doing it to draw attention to the fact that hospice and palliative care is not about dying, it’s about living. Hospice and palliative care is an offer for life – it’s about the quality of life and living life to the full.
On the way, we want to meet people – on the street, in other hospices, when we’re eating or in places where we’re staying. We want to talk to them and hear about their own experiences and concerns, and what characterises successful hospice work.
Our journey started at 15:00 on Friday, 10 May, when we left the LebensraumTageshospiz in Salzburg. You can see some of the places we’ll be passing through on the map, or follow our journey on our blog. If you’d like to meet us along the way, please contact us at the links below.
How the idea for a bike ride grew…
The germ of the idea to cycle from Salzburg to Berlin started back in October 2018 in London. We were both part of a multiprofessional group of Bavarian hospice staff visiting two London hospices, St Christopher’s and St Joseph’s, to get an insight into the ‘local hospice and palliative care scene’. We got on well together and decided to meet again. We wanted to do something that combined our common professional interest as palliative care practitioners but which would also work well with a non-specialist topic – something that might generate interest in, and awareness of, hospice and palliative care. Eventually, the idea evolved of travelling to the next EAPC World Congress by bike. But as the congress was to take place in Berlin, we would need to cycle more than 500 kilometres from Salzburg to Berlin – and back!
On the way, we want to visit ‘our fellow campaigners’ in local hospices and talk to people on the streets – to raise awareness and engage with local people. What we experience, we will take – as a message – to the congress in Berlin. We plan to arrive in Berlin on 23 May and will attend the congress on Friday 24 May.
A word about us: we are two happy women in our early fifties who have been working with people at the end of their lives for many years. We hope that our project will help to raise people’s awareness of hospice and palliative care and that we’ll have the chance to meet some of you along the way…
Please contact us at the links below if you’d like to meet us during the rest of our journey to Berlin – and follow the journey on our blog.
Join us in Berlin at #EAPC19
The 16thEAPC World Congress: Global Palliative Care – Shaping the Future, takes place in Berlin, Germany, 23 to 25 May 2019. View and download the final congress programme here. And there’s still time to register here.