Recently the CLC World Foundation oversaw the arrival of the delivery of new furniture to the Adeje home for seniors, a centre which has 38 users – 18 permanent residents and 20 who use the installation as a day centre. The cost of the donation was in the region of €3,350.
Courtesy of the foundation the centre now has 5 new reclining chairs, 2 wheelchairs, 4 new mattresses specifically designed to avoid bedsores and two chairs for the bath/shower, all of which are now being used by the residents of this centre on a daily basis.
For the councillors of social welfare and diversity, and seniors, Isabel Fernández Gonzáles and Cristina Fuente Carballo, respectively “this initiative is a welcome demonstration of the willingness of our society to help those of advanced years. We are caring for 38 people in the centre, with activities that help enforce cognitive capacity while also creating a welcome, open and warm atmosphere where our residents know their needs will be attended to, with, of course, all the necessary hygienic and sanitary guarantees”:
Víctor García Díaz and Miriam Palazón, representatives of the Foundation, said “our objective is to offer the maximum amount of assistance we can to groups and collectives in need of help. Over many years the foundation has developed a social compromise with the people in the regions we work in and we are always delighted to work with different bodies to overcome social obstacles where and when we can”.
The CLC World Foundation, previously known as the Smile/Sonrisa foundation, was formed in 1999 with the aim of offering aid to those in need, in particular in the Costa del Sol and Tenerife, thanks to the donations and contributions made by CLC World clients, associations and workers. More information about the foundation and how you can contribute can be found online, www.fundacionclcworld.com.
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The Adeje department of health protection is well aware that for those who have cancer or are caring for someone with cancer, every day is important. This is why the department is working all year around offering co-operation with an integrated oncology needs programme that is run by the AECC, the Spanish Cancer Association. Through the service the council is able to offer residents of Adeje a multitude of free services, psychological consultations, physiotherapy, transport, water-based therapies to prevent Lymphedema, etc.
According to the Adeje councillor for health, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, “here in Adeje we are actively working to help and support those persons affected by cancer. Our oncology service is used by many people who can count upon discretion and care, as we know this is a vulnerable time for them, and our job is to help in improving their quality of life too”.
This morning, February 4th, World Cancer Day, a banner was hung outside the main Town Hall with various ribbons signifying different forms of cancer, and for the next three days the Plaza de España will be lit up in green to mark the on-going fight against cancers of all kinds.
All the services on offer through the Adeje department of health protection and the AECC are free and accessed through the department offices in Calle Tinerfe el Grande 32 (beside the main post office), and all requests for information and assistance will be handled with discretion and in confidence.
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Adeje Youth Centre registered over 19,000 visits last year
The Adeje department of youth, under Councillor Zebenzui Chinea Linares, has released details of last year’s events and participation by the younger Adeje generation, with over 19,000 visits to the municipal young club during the 12-month period. The department organised 569 events during year.
“Adeje’s young people use the centre as their own, as a meeting place, as somewhere they know they can access a range of services of real interest to them”, said the councillor, who added that the “increase in visits is also down to the diversification of events we are organising”. In fact, there were almost eight thousand more visits in 2018 than in 2017.
Of those who dropped into and used the centre last year, over 7,000 were young women, over 11,000 young men, with 14-16-year olds the most represented age group although there are a healthy number of over 20s who use the centre for activities as well.
Among the kind of events and activities planned and organised by the centre are training, entertainment and courses designed to improve quality of life. One of the most popular and used service has been a mobile service with young people from the department travelling to different parts of the borough offering information and activities for local youth.
Young secondary school students also find a home in the youth centre and the council’s initiative, to reward them for academic as well as social prowess has been welcomed by the borough’s school goers. This year up to 10 students will be travelling to Cork, in Ireland, to take part in a 2-week summer camp, staying with families, with flights and accommodation paid for.
Sporting and creative activities work to help our young people explore other parts of their talents as well as giving them a space to work on improving their quality of life. The ‘invention galley’ is a favourite among many users of the centre, inviting participants to share their writings, literature, poetry, and get to know the work of others. In this way they can get to appreciate the writings of Canarian authors as well as those from the rest of Spain and beyond.
‘El Puntito’ is for 12-15 year olds and includes training workshops and talks designed to help young people work and have fun together, through arts and crafts, excursions, exhibitions, etc, all with the aim of improving harmony and social awareness among the borough’s younger generation. There are also aids to help young people make better use of their free time, while encouraging integration within the community.
The youth centre’s multi-use halls are popular as are the studios for rehearsal and recording, the study areas are well used, as are the virtual zones, the dance space and the outdoor terrace, as much by individuals as by the many groups and associations who are frequent visitors to the centre.
New works from Edmundas Malūkas and Nijolé Narmontaité were officially launched last week
The second book is by actress Nijolé Narmontaité, who has said that much of the book was written during her time in Tenerife last winter.
Both presentations were organsied by the Lithuanian bookshop Knygu Namai Tenerifeje and representatives from the local Casa Lithuania community and the Adeje council. Councillor Zebenzui Chinea Linareas told the audience that there were in “a space dedicted to cultural exchange, learning and enrichment”, welcoming the intetgration of the Lithunain community, and thanking them for allowing us learn more about their culture.
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The 4th La Caleta Night Run is taking place this Saturday, February 2nd organised by the Insular Athletics Federation in collaboration with the Adeje council. Hundreds are expected to take part.
During the day, from 12.30pm, of the organisers will be hosting a series of social harmony events, handing out numbers to registered participants, and inviting people to take part in Kangoo and Zumba masterclasses. There will be a Food Truck and djs present.
This year there are three different categories, a 2k ‘confidence’ walk (for children and parents), and a 5k and 10 k run. The first 2 kilometre event is at 7pm and under the social project, “Moving the Planet” and asks parents to wear a blindfold and be guided by their children, working to raise awareness of the importance of inclusion in our society of everyone with some kind of physical challenge. The event also creates stronger links between family members, and present will be a well-known ‘influencer’ and the youngest sports presenter in Spain, Jesús Hernández. He is ten years old and will be taking part with his father (www.jesushf.com).
The 5 and 10 kilometre runs begin at 8m, the prize giving is at 9.30pm.
To register – and you must register to take part in any of the three events – you can do so in TDC sports shops in Adeje and Cabo Blanco or online, www.conxip.com. Monies from the inscriptions will be donated to an “athletes without frontiers” organisation and to the local La Caleta residents association who are working to convert the coastal village into a European Cardio Health Space certified by the European Foundation For Health, Research and Education.
The restoration team was led by Silvano Acosta, a Tenerife based conservationist
The Catholic See of Tenerife with the Cabildo heritage secion and the Adeje Santa Úrsula parish church have released details of the completion of the restoration of a statue of St Paul, in which he is carrying book of the epistles in the folds of his cloak.
The team charged with the restoration were led by Silvano Acosta, a Tenerife-based restorer and conservation expert, and used a technique to set the original polychrome pieces, using original glues to repair parts of the sculpture manually. The work was delicate as the team didn’t want “to lose materials during the conservation process and worked in very specific zones, never in a general way, on crests and elevated sides”, said the expert. All of the affected parts were reconstructed and cracks were filled in using polyvinyl glues, and the sculpture was cleaned.
According to information found in the official archives, the statue of St Paul was located on the main altar piece in the San Francisco Convent (of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St Paul) founded in 1679 by the first Marques of Adeje, Juan Bautista de Ponte Fonte y Pages. The first altar disappeared and was replaced with an 18th century style until 1841 when it was brought to the church in San Antonio Abad in Arona.
According to Acosta, this statue bears “the influence of the house of Martín de Andujar. We are probably looking at a sculpture from his school, perhaps the artist was part of the Garachico School of the time. The style is archaic but wasn’t popular. It would appear to have been inspired by pre-existing models from the time”.
St Paul carries a new-style sword in his left hand, which we see from the 13th Century onwards. This is a double-edged sword alluding, one side, to his martyrdom and on the other, the radical style of his writings.
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The Adeje-based Focus group brought 40 foreign residents to Reina Sofia airport to see what goes on behind the scenes
Last week Focus, a lobby group representing international residents in Adeje, organised a visit to Reina Sofia airport. Organised in conjunction with CIT Sur (the centre for tourism initiatives in South Tenerife), the places on the trip were snapped up within hours of releasing details, such was the level of interest among foreign residents living in the area.
“We are already planning a second trip as there were so many people we had to disappoint this time”, says Focus representative Clio O’Flynn, who also works for the Adeje council on forging and expanding links with foreign residents. “These visits are organised during the school year by CIT Sur for school children as part of explaining to them the importance of tourism to Tenerife, but they agreed to do an ‘adult’ visit for us, for which we are very grateful”, she continued.
The guided tour was staffed by personnel from AENA, the Spanish airport authority, and was in English for the benefit of the international group, that included British, Irish, Germany and Norwegian participants. And while there were some hiccups, the group were fascinated to be able to view the other side of a working airport, “a mini-city in itself”, and learn how this part of tourism creates thousands of direct jobs and hundreds of thousands of indirect forms of employment.
For many the highlight of the 3 hour tour was a trip to the Reina Sofia falconry, to see these magnificent birds who are trained to keep the airways clear of small birds and increase safety for flyers.
Focus is a lobby group of foreign residents in Adeje who are interested in helping the non-Spanish speaking community further integrate into daily life in Adeje. They have organised information seminars on Brexit, on finance for ex-pats, and have also set up visits of interest. For more information on Focus and on future events they may be planning, you can drop them a line to firstname.lastname@example.org. And even though there are based in Adeje, the trips and events they organise are open to the wider Tenerife South community.