Hunt for 22,000 LEGO bricks to improve wheelchair accessibility in Munich

Organisers of the 2022 multi-sport European Championships in Munich are searching for 22,000 LEGO bricks to create wheelchair ramps for next year’s competition.

Called the Count & Last initiative, the organisers need a huge amount of LEGO pieces to raise awareness about the need to improve accessibility for wheelchair uses ahead of the championships. They have stressed that the brick-built ramps will not replace genuine wheelchair ramps, but instead aim to raise awareness about the issues that many disabled people face in the city.

Creating the LEGO ramps will also lay the structural groundwork to build more permanent solutions even after the European Championships are over.

So far, the event organisers have collected 1,500 bricks and are aiming to collect 22,000 before the end of September. They have put out an open call for anyone with spare bricks to donate them to the cause. You can either send them to the Bavarian head office at LOC Office, Spiridon-Louis-Ring 22, 80809 Munich, or the Munich 2022 team has also offered to pick up local bundles of up to 1kg.

Work will begin on the LEGO ramps on October 10, with support from the city’s disability advisory board and a local non-profit organisation. Members of the public are also invited to come and lend a hand with building on the day.

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Rachael Davies

I am a freelance journalist based in Edinburgh, writing about all things nerdy, from Star Wars and Marvel through to LEGO flowers and Gundam. When I’m not writing, you’ll likely find me trying to stop my two pet rabbits from chewing everything I own, meaning I essentially work two full-time jobs at once.

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