Adeje’s Toy Story!

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Via the “Mi abuelo/a solidario” (my grandparents, solidarity) initiative, the Adeje Council has been receiving some of the seasonal cards and letters from the children in need in the borough.

The Miraverde comunidad and the toy shop chain Arvelo, have come together again to work with the Adeje department of social welfare to make sure that no child is without a special present at this time of year. The Miraverde comunidad, through a number of local activities, raised €1,600 and Arvelo toys will make toys available at cost price.

The councillor for social welfare, Isabel Fernández GonzálezI, expressed her gratitude to the Miraverde residents, “who have dedicated their time and effort to make sure that this Christmas no child is without a present”.

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Carlos Arvelo, from the Arvelo company, said “we are happy to sell the toys at cost price so that the money collected buys as much as possible”. Segundo Marco, President of the Miraverde residents, said “next year we hope to be able to collect even more…

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Joy to the world in Callao Salvaje

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This has been quite an eventful year on the international political stage, and the effects of some of those overseas changes will no doubt affect some residents here in Adeje over the next few years. But as Christmas approaches, for a while, it’s time to remember what we can be thankful for.
For those of us living without fear of war or hunger, without the need for food or shelter, with enough to see us through into next year and feed and clothe our families, we should give thanks. But even here, in our little corner of the Fortunate Isle, there are those who don’t have enough to get presents for their kids, to offer them a special meal on the 25th of December or January 6th. And here’s where we can help.
If you live in Callao Salvaje you don’t have to travel too far to do your bit. This Friday the annual inter-faith international Carol concert takes place in the main square, and as every year there will be a collection of toys to make sure that Santa Claus and the Three Kings get to every child in the borough. The concert starts at 7pm, but if you want to guarantee yourself a seat perhaps head down to the square early. As in previous years singing will be in many different languages but the words of the songs will be available to all, so no excuse not to join in.
Led by the Callao Salvaje Community Church, open to all, hope to see you there.

Still no clues in Carmelo case!

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Mayor asked people to continue to help in search for clues in Carmelo disappearance!

The Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga has asked the population to continue to keep an eye out for any clues regarding the disappearance of Carmelo Díaz who hasn’t been seen or heard from since November 9th.

“The disappearance of our neighbour has caused consternation among the people of the town; there have been no clues to indicate where Carmelo might be. It is a desperate situation for his family to whom I send my heartfelt sympathies for the very difficult times they are living through and particularly at the moment, with Christmas approaching, normally a time of celebration”, said the mayor.

He reminded people that if they do see anything, no matter how small, that might be linked to the missing man, to call 112 or the local police central office on 922 716508.

Carmelo was last seen on the afternoon of November 9th. He shopped in Sagrera Canarias de Adeje, and was spotting walking towards his home in La Postura, near the Los Olivos Residents Association offices. At the time he was wearing orange shorts, a green shirt, black shoes and yellow-tinted glasses.

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Adeje hosts 1st seniors conference

 

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At the I regional convention of senior volunteers from the Canary Islands, held in the Costa Adeje Tourism Development Centre (CDTCA), the regional deputy minister for social politics Isabel Mena Alonso and the Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga congratulated those present for their work and also helped in handing out certificates to the different volunteer associations for the seven islands and the two provincial organisations, AMAVITE (Tenerife) and AVINGRAN (Gran Canaria).

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Adeje’s Mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga said that one of the themes of Adeje was that “you only get out of happiness what you put in”, adding that here in Adeje “we are working to make this a place for everyone. We have to continue to work to improve the quality of life for all, and of course the senior citizens who are the living witnesses to our history”.

He added, “We are very happy at the results of this two day event, which have been the culmination of work of representatives from seven islands, part of this unique archipelago. You are active, creative senior citizens who remind us of the importance of caring for each other”.

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Isabel Mena said that those present were a fine example for the Canary Islands. She also mentioned the dedicated number for those suffering loneliness (900707020) as well as the inter-generational programmes and other projects designed to improve the quality of life of the archipelago’s older citizens and allowing them present their ideas and interests in changing and improving things.
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Tapas winners announced

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The winners of the recent 2016 Adeje Tapas Route, held during November, were presented with their prizes today at the GM Cash & Carry. The first placed restaurant, Taberna Amores, won a €300 voucher from the store, second placed restaurant Le Petit Café has a voucher for €200 and Café Casa Juan was third and took home a voucher to the value of €150. As well as the jury selection, there was a popular vote by the public who took part and that was won by the Rambla restaurant.
According to the councillor responsible for the event, Manuel Luis Méndez Martín, “the tapas route is a huge success both in terms of the level of public participation and from the restaurants’ point of view, bringing them more clients with a growing appreciation of the kind of culinary creations they are capable of, cementing their position as part of a gastronomic reference point for the island”.
There was a draw for participating clients, and the winner of an overnight stay in the Isla de Tenerife, with bed and breakfast as well as a meal in the winning tapas restaurant was Jean Pierre Ruffenach Rahn. In second placed was Natalia Bayón, third prize was for Morena Carzoli, both winning a dinner for two. There was also a draw for meals for two in participating restaurants, and the winners were Stefano Musci, Vilma Manzi, Paolo Capecchi, Natalia Martín Martín, Ana Cristina Suárez Rodríguez, Ricardo Minute, Raquel Olcina Rodríguez, Karina Negrín Aguilar, Giovanna Sorce, Raquel Neves Antunes and Jonay Martín Regalado.

Almost €18,000 raised during this year’s Walk for Life

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The annual Walk for Life, the ‘pink wave’ that united Adeje and Arona every year, brought over 3,500 onto the street last weekend and raised almost €18,000.

Money is collected via registration, donations, a raffle, and the sale of many related items, counted in the presence of an official notary and all the money raised goes the two Spanish cancer associations, AMATE and AECC, investigation and research into treatment, and the running of The Pink Room, a dedicated space in Adeje.

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This year the route was from Compostela Beach, in Arona, to the Magma Arte & Congreso centre in Adeje, just under 4 kilometres, with live music and dancing at both locations. And for the first time there was also a race for life, with over 130 entrants running ahead of the walkers. The winner in the men’s category was Gilberto Mendoza Alvarez in a time of 12.06” and in the women’s category Adrienn Mozes who finished in 15.03”.

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Following the runners a ‘gang’ of bikers set off, well decorated with pink ribbons, balloons, wings and teddies, and after them the main body of walkers, led by a steel band. Upon arrival there were refreshments and fruit free for all participants, and a raffle with a terrific range of donated prizes. There were a number of winning tickets unclaimed – more information on the numbers and prizes on the Carrera por la Vida /Walk for Life facebook page.

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The organisers extended their thanks to the many public and private bodies who participated and donated to the event.

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Shop locally, shop safely

 

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The Adeje council is reminding people that shopping locally, especially during festive seasons such as Christmas, benefits the local economy and job creation. The councillor for economic development, Manuel Luis Méndez Martín has just re-launched the ‘Yo Compro en Adeje’ (I shop in Adeje) campaign reminding people of the closeness of the shops, the quality of the products, and the personal attention they will receive in Adeje.

The campaign is relevant all year round, and at Christmas the Council also reminds people to be aware of safety and gender traps when buy for smaller consumers. Make sure toys are age-appropriate, and don’t promote sexist stereotypes. They should also carry the CE mark, the European safety standard logo, which indicates the toy is not made with flammable or toxic materials and meets the essential requirements of the European Toy Safety Directive.

The Council also remind people that even at Christmas time they have the same consumer rights as they have at any other time of the year. Goods must be properly and clearly priced and labelled. Consumers are advised to shop early and with a list when possible to avoid last-minute errors and always make sure you receive the correct receipt for goods.

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Adeje’s big band concert

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Last year the Adeje council were pleased to be able to stage a concert with their own municipal band, that of Guía de Isora and the military bands, Nº2 Army Band BRILCAM-XVI and the Musical Unit of the Canarian Command. This became one of the instant highlights of the Christmas Calendar in particular for many non-Spanish residents, and the Council are delighted to be able to host the concert for the second year running.

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This Saturday, December 17th the Magma centre will host the musical event, and again children from Adeje will also be singing a selection of seasonal songs. “Last year this was a hugely popular event with over 2,000 people coming to the concert, many of them our foreign residents. The overall feedback was very positive indeed and we are delighted to be able to repeat the experience not to mention raise funds for a good cause”, commented Adeje’s councillor for creative development, Adolfo Alonso.

The concert ticket price is one euro, and will go directly to help charitable causes.

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