Carnival 2019: DRK Oberursel

DRK Oberursel - Taunus-Karnevalszug 2019

3 Blood Donors thanked for their support

Last Saturday (10th May, 2014) saw two people from Oberursel and one from Bad Homburg thanked for their long-term support for the Blood Donation service.

Christel Rindt (62), Gerhard Hohmann (69) und Karl Hainz (65) had come along to the monthly blood donation session at the Red Cross on the Marxstraße, each of them donating 500ml of blood as they had done so many times before.

Except that this time it was for the 100th, 125th and 150th time respectively.  “That is particularly impressive” commented Jürgen Swoboda from the Red Cross Blood Donation service. [Read more…]

Are your First Aid skills a little rusty?

Before you can take a driving test in Germany, you have to attend a course called “Unterweisung in lebensrettenden Sofortmaßnahmen” which takes about a day and is intended to ensure that all new drivers have basic first aid skills.  There is also a full-blown first aid course available which lasts two days, but is only compulsory for certain types of vehicle.

So when the automobile club ADAC recently commissioned a survey on first aid skills as part of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Red Cross, there were some shocking results.  Whilst 73% of those asked felt they were able to offer first aid, 68% did not know the steps they should take if they were first on the scene at an accident.  9% did not even know the emergency number (in Germany “112”).

In practical tests, just over half of those surveyed were unable to put someone in the recovery position [Read more…]

A triple presentation for long-serving blood donors

On Saturday three Oberursel residents were presented with awards for their dedication in donating blood.

Wolfgang Westenburger (57),  Klaus Hallert (66), and Norbert Wehrheim (63) had all come to the monthly blood donation at the Red Cross building in the Marxstraße, to donate – as they had done so many times before – 500ml each of their blood.  Exactly how often they have done this in the past is recorded and so it was that they were celebrating their 100th, 125th and 150th donations respectively.

“We have never had this combination in Oberursel before” remarked Jürgen Swoboda from the Red Cross blood donation service. [Read more…]

What is going to happen to the temporary classrooms in the Marxstraße?

If you drive along the Marxstraße in Oberursel you can’t help noticing the empty classrooms at one end of the road next to the Red Cross building and just before the entrance to Rolls Royce.

These „temporary“ classrooms have now been there for just over 25 years, and have over the course of those years been home to classes from Frankfurt International School (FIS), the primary school in Oberstedten, the primary school in Bommersheim and the grammar school (Gymnasium).

But now they stand empty and at the town council meeting last week the CDU party put forward no less than two motions on what to do with them, which led into another two motions on after-school child-care places.

The first suggestion was to have the buildings checked out to see if they can offer additional after-school places until others become available. This needed very little discussion, as, apparently, there is a tradition for all parties to support motions to “check” things, so-called “Prüfanträge”. [Read more…]

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