Recently the Adeje council opened a new service, the first regional office in South Tenerife to attend to the LGBTIQ public in particular. With the Algarabía association and the Red Prisma, the initiative works to meet the demands of this collective, and work to extend the remit to a wider public, improving public services in general for the LGBTIQ members of our society.
The Algarabía office is based in the department of health where other public services such as InfoSex, services for women, the consumers’ office, the oncology service with the Spanish cancer association and other personal attention offices are located.
Health protection councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo said “this is an important moment for us as we are delighted to add Algarabía public office to our list of services, as people who work with us for the rights of lesbians, gays, transsexuals, bisexuals, inter-sexuals and others. We have given over this office so that the groups can work together to meet their needs and the demands of many people affected, above all offer social services, personalised attention and work to defend the rights of all.”
The decision to locate the office here has relevance too, says the councillor, as it is beside the Plaza Pedro Zerolo, named for a man who worked tirelessly for equality, diversity and social inclusion.
The office will be open to the public on Fridays from 9am – 1pm. Charlie Marrero, president of Algarabía, commented, “The LGBTI collective is one of the groups suffering most discrimination, with our data showing that 17% of those identifying as LGBTI and in secondary school attempting suicide, 40% suffering bullying in school, 85% of transsexuals reporting discrimination in the workplace, and a huge number of incidents and reports of crimes against members of the collective”.
Carmen Lucia Rodríguez del Toro, councillor for equality, underlined the fact that the council has been working in recent years “to give these collectives the tools they need to help in increasing their visibility. This new service will help in bringing the collective together, as well as helping, we believe, their families and the public in general. The collective need a safe space where they can work, propose and discuss ideas and look for solutions. In this way Adeje is looking to advance, and continue to push for inclusion, respect for sexual diversity, and above all work to ensure that people are safe, happy, and respected.”
The Adeje office will also be a data collection point for the south of Tenerife, which in turn will be a tool in the evolution of political strategies for the collective, working to reduce and eradicate LGBTI phobia.
The association president ended by stating that the “Canaries is one of the autonomous regions in Spain where sexual diversity is most accepted and that has been made possible thanks to the work of collectives working alongside the public councils and administrations. Having an office here is vital for the collective because it brings us closer to the people, offering help, and accompanying individuals when and where necessary. In the near future we should be able to establish a system of referrals between town halls, the Prisma network and Algarabía”.
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Volunteers now working in the municipal animal rescue centre
On Friday February 22nd the first volunteer carers began their activities in the Adeje animal rescue centre, with 7 individuals who have met all the requirements needed to be allowed care for these animals. From now on this team of people – which can include up to 3 more – can take responsibility for walking dogs, brushing and shampooing them, playing and training in socialisation, as well as helping during puppy feeds.
The activities that the volunteer team will be involved in will never include the work of the centre’s full time staff, such as preparing the food for the animals, cleaning the installations, administering medicines, etc. Those animals listed as potentially dangerous will always be handled by personnel from the council who are in possession of the correct licences to do so.
Health councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo, said, “this is a great move for the borough, to have the team of volunteers now active in the centre. This is an important moment for us who have spent time preparing the regulations to allow these volunteers to participate and to ensure the Centre is properly run.
“We have been delighted to engage with volunteers who want to help and contribute to the development of these pets in the centre, a terrific reflection of the kind of people we have, who are ready and willing to take these volunteer duties on”.
Among the requirements for the seven people who have begun their volunteer work, as well as confirming they are over 18, are a medical certificate stating they are not ill, and a judicial declaration stating that they have never been reported or convicted of animal abuse or arrested for mistreating a domestic pet. In parallel they have to officially demonstrate that they are a member of a legally constituted non-profit volunteer organisation which is properly constituted.
The seven individuals have also had to undergo a period of obligatory practical sessions over a month, after which they were presented with an accreditation by the council. Any volunteer can be active for up to a year whereupon they need to reapply, and in this way the centre can ensure that more people who wish to volunteer have the opportunity to do so.
Those who do qualify must commit to at least 50% of the established hours they are signed up for on a monthly basis, carry out the allocated activity in the hours assigned for it and follow the instructions of the responsible personnel in the Centre.
The rules also state that the volunteer may not carry out administrative functions nor access the veterinary area nor play with animals who are waiting to be collected by their new owners, change the cages of the animals, give the animals food or drink, clean the quarters and/or toys of the animals, etc. These functions are solely the responsibility of the staff members of the Centre.
The rules under which the Centre’s volunteers will operate have been laid out in law ‘4/1998, 15 de mayo de Voluntariado de Canarias’ and were approved in plenary session by the council. To apply there must be volunteer vacancy free and the panel will give priority to those who have not previously worked as a volunteer in the Centre, the objective being to allow more people participate. The full regulations are available to consult online, www.adeje.es.
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Alexander Rinder and Maikel Álvarez Morales named Adeje’s top athletes
On the evening of Friday February 22nd, the Adeje Cultural Centre’s theatre was the centre of the local sporting universe with the awarding of prizes for the borough’s top sports people – Alexander Rinder and Maikel Álvarez Morales. Rinder, who is just 20 years old, has already been World Champion twice, runner up twice, one third place and three European titles in bodyboarding. In 2018 she was second in the world.
In men’s sports the winner was Maikel Álvarez Morales, a footballer who is currently playing in the Second Division B and has also played in most of the clubs in the south of Tenerife. But his current recognition is in the world of Footgolf, a discipline in which he is the Spanish champion and represented Spain in the world championships last December in Morocco.
Adeje’s mayor, Jose Miguel Rodriguez Fraga said, “Tonight we have celebrated our commitment to sports as one of the backbones of our society. Behind tonight’s awards is a firm belief in the project we began in recent years in sport, and there are many people working to make this a reality.”
The mayor stressed that “the work that our sportspeople are putting in is bearing fruit and together we are moving towards a society that is more healthy, happier and more solidified as a community thanks to theses fundamental pillars that practising sport builds.” He added that under the Adeje is Sport slogan more than 40 different kinds of sport were supported by the council “as part of a cross-departmental belief in giving people space to develop, space for personal evolution and space to aid people’s contribution to making our world a better place.”
During the awards ceremony there were other accolades and awards, including that for ‘Overcoming adversity’ which was given to Manuel Basilisco and Gonzalo Techera, athletes who have broken barriers and demonstrated that commitment and constant dedication are the keys to success, each athlete being an excellent reflection of the sporting values of Adeje, which is transmitted to all the children of the borough, regardless of physical capabilities.
The prize for fair play was given to Ruben Oswald Schaffer, the yoga professor from the ‘Ocio y Tiempo Libre’ campaign, who has taught this particular discipline over the last 20 years. The borough’s youngest and oldest registered athletes were also recognised – Chloe Linares Ramos, who is 3 and Margarita Herrera Rodriguez, who at 79 still practises gymnastics to keep herself active and healthy.
The Adeje Sports Gala honoured Martín Fiz with an honorary prize. Fiz is a national and international athlete as well as the winner of the Prince of Asturias sporting prize in 1997, with the Spanish marathon team. He was the European champion (Helsinki 1994) World Champion (Goteborg 1995, Athens 1997) and named Spanish athlete of the year in 1995. Since 2018 he is the first athlete in the world to win, in the veteran’s category, the six most important marathons in the world, the World Marathon Majors.
The prize for Event of the Year went to the Rallye Villa de Adeje which celebrates 29 years in existence this year and has become an excellent showcase for the borough nationally and internationally. Companies and businesses who have worked to promote sport locally were also named, Feeling Comunicación, who also won the Professional Excellence title EXPOVIDA, AND THE Limpiezas Domínguez.
The award for social contribution in sport went to the Alma Rie project, which encourages deep sea diving for individuals with physical challenges. 40 young sports persons starting out on the sporting career were also recognised.
Other notable mentions were Pino Placencia Casanova, who climbed Kilimanjaro, as well as mountains in Nepal and Argentina, and Cristina Lorenzo Ibañez and Alberto Rodolfo Moreno, locally-based long distance swimmers.
The annual St Patrick’s Gala Dinner will be held this year on March 13th, in the Golf Costa Adeje. The host for the evening is the Honorary Irish Consul to Tenerife, Álvaro de la Bárcena Argany Álvaro de la Bárcena Argany, and members of the Adeje Town Hall will also present. And of course you don’t have to be born Irish to take part – isn’t everyone a little bit Irish in the days leading up to March 17th, St Patrick’s day!
As in previous years, the evening includes a glass of Cava on arrival, a sumptuous three course meal and coffee and cake (always with a special Irish touch), not to mention excellent wines throughout the meal, all for €40. Last year the organisers also held a raffle with money raised going to the local centre for individuals with special needs, the Asociación San Juan. This year the raffle will be bigger and better, with one of the top prizes on offer, courtesy of the Fundacion CLC World, being a voucher for 7 nights’ accommodation in one of their resorts in Tenerife, Malaga or Turkey.
And of course the evening wouldn’t’ be complete without some live music and dancing, with Irish musicians travelling from home as well as some based here playing tunes to keep you on your toes. The group travelling from Ireland will also be giving a few private concerts around the island, including in the San Juan centre, during the week leading up to March 17th.
If you would like tickets to this terrific event please contact Noelle Corridan, 633 39 98 27 (afternoons) or Denise Quigley in the Honorary Consulate of Ireland, 922 245 671 between 10am and 1pm, Mon-Fri. This is a seated event so tickets are limited, so book soon to avoid disappointment.
The 18th century tapestry is now hanging in the Santa Úrsula Mártir
The presbytery of the Santa Úrsula Mártir Adeje parish church now houses a new tapestry, the 18th “Sacrificio de Isaac”. This is been restored and re-joins the Adeje heritage family as part of a collaborative plan with the Tenerife Cabildo and the Bishopric, the actual overseer of the parish of Santa Úrsula.
The tapestry is part of three examples of this kind of work that have survived the ravages of time. The series is comprised of this one, as well as “Moisés revelando la Ley de Dios al pueblo de Israel” (Moses revealing God’s law to the people of Israel) and “La Visitación de la Virgen a Santa Isabel” (the visitation of Our Lady to St Elizabeth). These other two are currently being restored and will be on display over the next two years.
The restoration of “Sacrificio de Isaac” was carried out by a team of professionals led by Rubén Sánchez López.
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Adeje’s libraries are very popular among all ages
The Adeje public library network has just released statistics regarding library use in 2018. “The data is extremely positive and we have seen a substantial increase in the number of consultations by the public – something we feel is down to three key factors – the use of the libraries by the students of the Tourism degree course, the diversification of the activities the libraries are carrying out and the continuing and growing interest in reading and studying by the general public”, said councillor Desiderio Afonso Ruiz.
The overall figures for the Adeje libraries show that 24,523 people visited one of the libraries during the year, with a total of 46,319 consultations (books, online searches, etc) and there were 8,597 books lent during the same 12 month period. The monthly average number of visitors was just over 2,000, 73% of those were adults and the rest, 27%, were junior readers and students.
The figures represent an increase of 19% by younger users, a 14% increase in those researching or seeking information, and similar increases were registered in readers and older student use. The busiest days of the week were Mondays and Tuesdays, and there were 75 internet connections daily. As has been registered in other years, there was a notable increase in users during exam times.
The Adeje library in the cultural centre was the most visited (36,492 persons), just over 2,000 visitors went to the Canarian library on the Calle Grande, 3,156 used the public library in Armeñime and the Fañabe library welcomed 2,136 users during the year.
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