The Wattolümpiade in Brunsbüttel Raffinerie Heide supports the Wattolümpiade in Brunsbüttel as one of the main sponsors
The Wattolümpiade (Mud Olympics) have been taking place every summer by the estuary of the River Elbe in Schleswig-Holstein for more than ten years now, under the motto of ‘dirty sport for a clean cause’. The games were originally started as a joke by the Verein der Freunde und Förderer der Wattolümpiade in Brunsbüttel e.V. (Association for the Friends and Supporters of the Mud Olympics in Brunsbüttel) but have since turned into a spectacular event.
The Association’s aim for this unconventional fundraising event is to help to improve the support available to cancer patients in the region. As the event is fully funded by sponsors and organised by unpaid volunteers, all of the proceeds from entrance tickets and entry fees can be donated to this worthy cause.
Raffinerie Heide is one of the main sponsors of the Wattolümpiade. True to our philosophy of taking in active part in local community life, we support long-term projects designed to bring truly meaningful social benefits. In so doing we focus on our region and the people living there. Our commitment is not limited to financial support alone – we also help with our words and deeds. We lend our support in particular to projects in which our employees are already involved.
Raffinerie Heide employees themselves take part in the Wattolümpiade every year, fighting for the winner’s trophy in one of the dirty yet fair mud contests. The event sees the Wattleten (the athletes participating in the Mud Olympics) competing against each other in games of volleyball, handball or football, or in sledge races across the mudflats.
The coveted Mud Olympics trophy is awarded to the winners of each of these seven-minute contests, but also awarded to the funniest team, for the most comical team name, the best fan club and the best costume. Each Wattlet participant receives a medal to remind them of their time competing at the Wattolümpiade.
The money raised by the Association coordinating the Wattolümpiade, whose motto is ‘Strong against cancer’, ultimately benefits people in the region who are affected by cancer by supporting advice centres for cancer patients and their relatives, for example, or setting up a palliative room at the Westküstenklinikum in Brunsbüttel, supporting children’s hospice work by the Dithmarschen hospice association, establishing the Westküste cancer advice centre and funding cancer information days in Brunsbüttel.