A Special Place in Belgium

Located less than five miles from Huntsman’s Everberg site, De Eglantier is a therapeutic day center that provides care for young people with both mental and physical disabilities. Caregivers at De Eglantier look after about 26 children and adolescents with severe disabilities and developmental delay. Huntsman Everberg associates who have had an opportunity to visit De Eglantier, describe being deeply moved by the happy children, friendly environment, individual care provided and warmth of the caregivers.

Associates raise money for De Eglantier through a number of internally led and organized fundraisers. One particular fundraiser is a cycling event which requires climbing Mont Ventoux, a mountain in the south of France that is also one of the most difficult climbs in the famed Tour de France race. In 2016, 35 cyclists representing Huntsman took on the extreme cycling challenge where they battled high winds, rain and freezing temperatures, and raised money via sponsorship for De Eglantier. The cycling event, along with other fundraising events, provided two weekends of respite care for five children at a time at De Eglantier’s “Huis 20-“ a short-term “hotel” service the organization provides to a limited number of patients on weekends.

De Eglantier does much to help stimulate the development of its patients through individual and group activities, as well as through physiotherapy, speech therapy, sensory therapy and hippo therapy (horse therapy), depending on the capability, the interests and development needs of the child.

For more information about De Eglantier, visit www.eglantier.be.