Charity

Rotary Walk Success

748A1522“Walking Works Wonders” was the theme of this year’s Charity Walk organised by the Rotary club of Calvia International and over 350 people turned out on Saturday 21 October to make sure that it does. There were over many schoolchildren from the eight International Schools taking part as well as adults, not overlooking a large contingent of canines who joined in too.

748A1553The walk was planned by the Rotary Club with very close collaboration from the Ajuntament of Calvia, the police and an army of volunteers from the Club and other associations on the island. There was a 10km walk for the older children and the fitter adults (and the more energetic dogs) from the Sports Centre in Magaluf to the Agora School in Portals and back. The less young and children and some dog walkers did the 2km walk from the same starting point went but went down through Magaluf and back. All of those walking enjoyed the warm sunshine weather and the social atmosphere.

748A1531The aim was to raise a substantial sum of money for three charities – RANA which focuses on help to prevent child abuse of any description, JoyRon, which raises money for children in the Balearic Islands and in this case, money will go to help meet the cost of constructing and fitting out a cinema in Son Espases for children who are undergoing palliative care. Last but by no means least, money raised will also go to Association Ondine which is trying to preserve the marine environment in the Balearics for the benefit of future generations. Three very worthwhile causes.

748A1527This year too, in association with Association Ondine the Rotary Club Calvia International sought to discourage the use of single use plastic bottles and promoted the use of reusable bottles by providing free water at the start/finish and mid-point of the walk: another positive step by the Club to help others and the environment.

748A1521The International Schools are the main contributors to the walk, not only from their participation on the day of the walk itself but through the young children in the infant schools of some of the schools walking in the grounds of the Schools. Money was raised not only by the Rotary Club charging a registration fee to enter the walk (the fee included some food and refreshments on completion) but a lot of the walkers were sponsored by parents, friends and colleagues.

748A1493After the walk, everyone enjoyed the refreshments and entertainment provided by Izzy Newman and children from BIC as well as a belly dancer. Some even joined in the performance! Casa Corazon a beautiful luxury property development in Son Gual sponsored the after walk refreshments  (www.casascorazon.es), Generali, the insurance company covered the walk’s public liability insurance as they do every year (www.generali.com), Spectrum IFA (www.spectrum-ifa.com) sponsored the water, and Nice Price donated chocolately treats (www.niceprice-mallorca.com).  The Town Hall in Calvia provided their full support for the event.

748A1470Club President thanked all participants for generously giving up their time and the various sponsors for their contribution. It will take time to determine how much money has been raised, currently they have received 5000€ but it is likely that the three charities which are to benefit will not be disappointed.

 

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Events in Mallorca – March

Firstly, there is a collection being done by Antonia Triguero for refugees who are currently arriving on the Greek island of Kos. She has managed to get a shipping company in Inca to pay for a 40 foot container to be sent over there, and she has until this Friday to fill it! She is looking for: donations of: tents, sleeping bags, blankets (but not heavy), baby carriers, strollers, wheelchairs, comfortable walking shoes, socks, underwear, travel bags, raincoats, nappies, women’s sanitary towels and tampons, soap and shampoo (small 200 ml bottles), toothbrushes and toothpaste, sweatpants, summer hats, spring jackets, baby wipes and powdered milk.  If you check on the TRE website later there will be a list of the collection points in and around Inca and across Mallorca.

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This Thursday is St Patrick’s Day and at Sanddancers Bar in Cala Bona you can join in their Annual “ST PADDIES PARTY NIGHT!” which is always a lot of fun, laughter, and I guess a few Guinnesses as well. There will be Irish music and free Irish hats for everyone.

Happy St Patricks Day

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Or you can popover to Heroes Bar in Portals where Hugh Carville will be organising his last quiz of the winter season.    Heroes-Logo  Quiz

 

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At Mood Beach there will be the Supper Club with speakers talking about Traditional Chinese Medicine, plus dinner will be available for 19.95 for two courses on Thursday evening at 7pm. You need to book in advance by emailing info@moodbeach.com

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If you like Deep House and Yoga then why not try experiencing both at the same time on Friday evening when Saskia Griffiths presents a two hour session, she describes it like a “yoga party”· It’s from 20.30 until 22.30 at the Zunray Yoga Studio in Palma.

On Saturday March 19th you can take in the sights and sounds of the Santa Margalida Agricultural Fair which kicks off the Spring fair season. There’s normally something for everybody from farm animals to displays of classic cars.

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On Sunday March 20th you can enjoy a great St Patrick’s Day festival in Santa Ponsa where there will be more than a hundred market stalls and a parade through the streets in the afternoon.

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Also on Sunday 20 March there will be a fundraising event at SPAP in Palma in support of some of their animal loving colleagues who have been fined for protesting about an upcoming bullfight on the island. That will start at 11am and go on until 4pm. There will be talks about animal welfare, a raffle, a market, a quiz, live music and vegan food on sale.

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Then we are into the Easter celebrations which are always quite amazing in Mallorca. If you want to entertain, or even scare, the kids a little, then take them along to the Fira del Ram funfair in Son Fusteret close to the Son Castello industrial estate in Palma. The funfair is open every day until Sunday April 10th.

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If you like eating then pop along to the Street Food festival in Port Adriano during the weekend of the 25th, 26th and 27th of March. It’s on every afternoon from 5pm to late, you can eat yourself around the world and check out some rather cool looking food trucks and other vehicles as well.

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On the Saturday of the same weekend, if you like nature, hiking and adventure sports then nip up to Escorca in Lluc for a day discovering businesses and like minded souls at the Nature Esport exhibition.

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The Corner Bar in Palma is having an anniversary bash on Saturday 26th March. They’re also hosting speed interviews for wannabe crew. Super yaThe Corner Bar Palma.pngcht professionals will be returning to the Corner Bar to help them celebrate their anniversary and welcome new crew to Palma, helping them to find their feet here, offering support and advice in job hunting, training, and CVs.

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Also on Saturday March 26th local artist Vivian Borsoni will be exhibiting at her studio on Calle Fabrica 13b in Santa Catalina in Palma. She will be joined by another artist, Birgit Dierker. They are both very popular artists, and it’s well worth a visit. The show will open at 18.00.

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On Sunday March 20th there will be a Asociacion Ondine beach clean up at Playa Es Trenc from 11.30 until 15.00.  It’s organised with a Facebook group for Palma Yacht Crew, but everyone is encouraged to join in. In February 120 enthusiastic and environmentally responsible beach cleaners cleaned up the Eastern half of Playa de Es Trenc and collected more than 500 kilos of rubbish. It was a beautiful day out on the beach for everyone. So with the hugely positive experience freshly in mind, they will now attack the Western end of the beach this time leaving it completely free of plastics ! They will be meeting in Ses Covetes on the Western end of Playa d’Es Trenc at 11.30 hrs.

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After finishing with the clean up, delicious baguettes with different toppings will be available for 5 Euros a piece as well as beers, sodas and water straight from the ice cooler. All proceeds will go to Asociacion Ondine. Don’t forget to bring with you heavy duty plastic bags, gloves, snacks, water and some money for lunch – and if you are brave; a swimsuit !

There are now two more dates for “One Table Four Conversations” which is the most recent ISLA Theatre Project that sold out on its first run. You can see the show on either March 24th or March 31st (both Thursdays) at 19h30 and 21h30 at Cafe
l’antiquari, just off Via Roma in Palma. The reservation hotline number is: 679518293

 

Helping hands needed.

 

Antonia with a refugee baby in Chios

I met a really wonderful lady last week, Antonia Triguero. She’s recently been to the island of Chios to deliver supplies and aid to Syrian and Afghani refugees who have been making their way to Europe in whatever way they can. She told me that the situation over there is pretty terrible, but as Spring comes and with it more people trying to make it to Europe despite there being more countries closing their borders to refugees it’s only going to get worse. Regardless of what your political sympathies are there is a genuine human disaster going on right on our doorstep.

Since returning she has managed to get a shipping company in Inca to pay for a 40 foot container to be sent over to Greece, and she has until this Friday March 18th to fill it! She is looking for: donations of: tents, sleeping bags, blankets (but not heavy), baby carriers, strollers, wheelchairs, comfortable walking shoes, socks, underwear, travel bags, raincoats, nappies, women’s sanitary towels and tampons, soap and shampoo (small 200 ml bottles), toothbrushes and toothpaste, sweatpants, summer hats, spring jackets, baby wipes and powdered milk.  

Giving out aid

Collection points where you can leave your donations are: Monkafe, Ca’n Rovira, Kidz, Cafe Polygon Mercantil, Polygon Bar, Cafe Es Cantó, The Paula Method (i Crist Rei Alcúdia), Ziving Inca Genestra, Bar Ca’n Tomeu Ca’n Joan White Kids, Paula Travel, Dilo (Avda. de Lluc), La Caixa (street Bisble Llompart) and Estheticians Inma.

Antonia said this to me, “I would like you imagine for a few seconds, one day it happens in Mallorca that you and your family have to put your whole life into a backpack and leave your country, your home, not knowing where you’ll end up, what will be your destination. People look at you with suspicion, as if you had rabies, when you all you want is to have a decent life. You lived happily in your town or city, but that circumstances beyond your person have forced you to leave or if you stayed you could die at any time. Reflect and be kind, bring your heart to the situation”.

There is no time to waste. Please take your donations as soon as you can or you can contact Antonia at trigueroartesanos@gmail.com

 

We’re all wonderwomen!

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What are you doing on Tuesday March 8th? It’s a big day all around the world, a national holiday in some places, it’s ‘International Women’s Day’ a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It’s marked with events and parties, rallies, demonstrations, conferences and all sorts of gatherings in countries as diverse as Argentina, Belgium and China. The event started over a hundred years ago and was in support of the Suffragettes who campaigned for equal rights for women.  But this year the day will also mark a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

We’re pretty lucky in Europe. I can’t imagine what it would be like to not have equal rights, and indeed can’t imagine what sort of person I would be if I had to mind my Ps and Qs and not do exactly what I wanted to when I wanted to. I am an equal to other people in the world and my daughter is equal, and I have some very feisty women to thank for securing those rights for me. But there are still millions of women around the world who don’t have this luxury; there are women who don’t have the chance for the same sort of free education as I benefitted from.

Over the past five years or so I have been involved in the organisation of fun IWD events at Mood Beach. This year I am organising an event on Tuesday March 8th at Mood Beach in Costa D’en Blanes. Doors open at 11.00. There will be chances to meet new people, to get involved with charities, and to meet up with women’s groups from around the island. And there will be a market stall area for small businesses to sell their wares. At lunch time there will be speeches and a presentation to a person who has made a great contribution to the community…. who will it be? You will have to be there to find out! The whole day is 25€ per person (Welcome drink, 2 course lunch, glass of wine, table water and bread & butter, and it is per person, not per woman, as men are invited too of course!).  You should reserve (it’s important for us to know how many people are coming for lunch) now by emailing info@moodbeach.com or calling 971 676 456.

Milk at a depot in Mallorca   We are collecting food for the Mediterranea foodbank, so please bring with you something to add to the pile. Mood will match the donation so make sure you remember! They welcome donations of pasta, rice, milk, oil, bottled and canned goods, nappies, baby milk and basic toiletries, so bring whatever you can.  If you are business owner or if you run a charity or organisation then please get in touch as there are spaces for stalls, you can email me on vicki@moodbeach.com.  

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Come and join me, and other women, bring your mum, bring your daughter, bring your friends. It’s time. mallorcamatters.com

 

The luck of the draw

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I’ve been staring at a blank screen trying to write this column for days. What do I say when everywhere I look there are stories of terror and brutal killings? I tried to wean myself off of the news on Monday, but I kept being dragged back in, checking Facebook or listening to the radio, 24 hour rolling news on the TV. It’s quite difficult to avoid. When 911 happened I was with my boyfriend on holiday in France, we had been out for the day at a beautiful medieval village called Brantome. We’d canoed around a moat, had fun, eaten a delicious menu, and wound our way back through country lanes to the house where we were staying. Then we turned on the TV to see that two planes had flown into the Twin Towers and a new reality began.

Absorbing the emotive messages from the families of the dead, trying to understand the intricate political situation that brought us to this point, wondering what I can do to help, or what I can do at all has occupied most of my waking thoughts since Friday. And in the end, what can I do? Or you for that matter. I think the key lies in remaining as loving and patient towards ourselves and our neighbours as we possibly can. Look for the goodness in people because most people are simple beings who want to have what we all want: a happy family, a safe home, the opportunity to plan for the future and have ambitions and dreams and the chance to realise some of them.  Many people around the world don’t have that lucky situation. It’s the luck of the draw that I was born where I was and not in Syria or Iraq. I’m not sure that I can directly help them all, although I want to, but there are things which I can indirectly do which help people and spreads kindness: like raise money for reputable charities who are making a difference in parts of the world that I am unlikely to go to. Which is why I have chosen to raise money for Mediterranea this weekend. Mood Beach and the Casino de Mallorca have partnered together to do a Casino night on Saturday 21st November from 8pm. You can either go for a set menu including wine for 39€ per person, or just go straight to the gaming tables from 9pm and give a donation of 10€ per person. The tables (for Roulette and Blackjack) will be set up and run by the Casino staff who will be able to teach beginners how to play.  There will be spot prizes for individual games and the overall winner of the night will go home with two VIP tickets worth more than 300€ for next year’s Son Amar show. All of the donations will go straight to Mediterranea who support people here in Mallorca, and in parts of the “Third World” as well. I hope that you will be able to join us for the evening, or if not  that you will visit http://www.mediterraneaong.com to find out more about the organisation.