Text: Juliane Gringer
Photos: Frank Cremanns
Many truck drivers helped at the site of the flood catastrophe in Rhineland-Palatinate. Frank Cremanns was one of them - and he continues to provide his support to this day. Because he knows that people in the Ahr valley still urgently need help.
Trucks organised for transport
Donations amounting to several hundred thousand euros
“It really bowls you over”
Benefit convoy for critically ill children
Frank Cremanns has also been driving with the annual Euregio Benefit Convoy for a long time: this charity event in the Aachen region enables critically ill children to ride along in trucks and experience an unforgettable journey as a passenger. There is also a family festival with a wide variety of events as a framework programme. The aim is to make the children’s eyes light up and collect donations for associations in the region. Cremanns encouraged the coordinator to also include children from the Ahr valley. Requested and received: in 2023, a boy suffering from cancer and his brother from the flood region, among others, rode along in one of around 100 trucks. Cremanns still wants to make many more connections like this and create initiatives to alleviate the suffering in the Ahr valley and ensure the plight of the people there remains in the public eye. He also wants to continue helping himself: “If somebody needs help, I’m there. The gratitude and heart-warming sensation you get back are reward enough for all the effort.”
With his commitment, Frank Cremanns is one professional driver among many who volunteer to help others. Christina von Haugwitz, project manager of the initiative PROFI – Pro-Fahrer-Image e. V. says: “There seems to be a mindset among professional drivers that leads them to drive aid deliveries to Ukraine in their spare time, to get involved in the Ahr Valley or to collect money for the cancer ward of the local hospital. They are sending a clear message against prejudices about their profession.” The PROFI association campaigns for more appreciation of truck drivers. Wolfgang Schiffers, organiser of the Euregio Benefit Convoy, for example, is a member of the association, as is Ulrike Müller, chairwoman of the motorists’ initiative Bewegen mit Herz e. V..