OHL Group volunteers participate in Camino de Santiago along with young members of the Madrid Down’s Syndrome Association for the second consecutive year

July 10, 2012

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For the second consecutive year, OHL has sponsored the initiative launched by the Madrid Down’s Syndrome Association [Fundación Síndrome de Down de Madrid (FSDM)], along with Fundación Adecco, directed at providing a holiday program for its users. The project consists of completing part of Camino de Santiago by merging three different aspects: leisure, sports and cultural programs.

The activity provides leisure and sports alternatives, adapted to disabled persons and their persons, encouraging their skills and interrelation abilities and developing their comprehension, expression and independence.

The FSDM group of young members, together with their supervisors, departed on 29 June from Sarriá and reached Santiago on 7 July, after completing nine stages. In the last two stages- Pedrouzo-Lavacolla and Lavacolla-Santiago de Compostela, the OHL Group volunteers accompanied these intellectually impaired young members up to the Cathedral and took part in a series of activities over the weekend, along with them and their families.

The main purpose of this course is to increase awareness amongst OHL employees of their role in strengthening the social and employment integration of the handicapped, by removing stereotypes and social barriers and, eventually, by encouraging dialogue and opinions and inspiring our volunteers with social values.

Corporate volunteer work is one of the basic foundations of OHL Group’s Framework Social Action Plan, aimed at creating in OHL open space for dialogue and cooperation between employees and society, through which company volunteers are able to develop and offer their community any talent and unique and singular abilities, whilst also fulfilling their need to help others and, in short, their own personal growth.

For more information on this activity, including photographs and statements, see the OHL Volunteers Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/voluntarios.ohl

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