(Duisburg, 14 November 2019) During his 41 years of service at Kindernothilfe, Rolf-Robert Heringer was always driven by the appreciation of children and their often difficult living conditions. He died on 12 November after a long and serious illness.
"With Rolf-Robert Heringer, Kindernothilfe has lost a committed companion who was already involved in many trend-setting decisions in the early years of our organization," said Katrin Weidemann, CEO of Kindernothilfe. "With a great deal of passion and hands-on commitment, he has worked for disadvantaged children and their rights for more than four decades. We owe him a great deal. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family."
Heringer first worked as a clerk in the accounting department of the Duisburg-Buchholz office in 1972. At that time, the organization supported 14,500 children and young people. From 1989 he was Chief Financial Officer and Vice Chairman from 1995 to 2013. The number of young people protected, strengthened and involved by Kindernothilfe has risen to 2.1 million to date. "I have accompanied the Kindernothilfe's children's and youth years and have also been able to help shape a number of things," said Heringer at his solemn farewell in February 2014 in the Jesus Christ Church. "Now Kindernothilfe has grown up and is assuming an excellent role in development cooperation". 200 congratulators gave him their best wishes for his retirement.
Even after finishing his active professional life, Heringer accompanied Kindernothilfe as Chairman of the Foundation Council of Kindernothilfe Switzerland until the end of 2018.
He was not granted a good retirement. Several serious illnesses led to long hospital stays. His faith in Jesus Christ and the message of the Bible, which always accompanied him, helped him through this difficult time, as he often stressed.
On Tuesday evening he fell asleep peacefully.