Gala Lyric concert in aid of Asociación San Juan

 

A host of artists will perform in Madrid to raise funds for the Adeje centre

This morning details were announced of the Lyrica festival that is taking place in the Teatro Real in Madrid on October 20th to raise funds for the Adeje-based Asociación San Juan.

Present at the press conference were Adeje councillor for social welfare and diversity Isabel Fernández González, the president of the Asociación San Juan, Ana Oneida Borges Medina, soprano and honorary patron of the association, Isabel Rey, José Manuel de la Cruz from the concert sponsor Endesa and the executive producer of the gala event, Carlos Marén.

Isabel Rey said that this year there would be many top European artists who would be using this concert to perform for the first time in Spain, and many others who were disappointed as their schedules wouldn’t permit them to take part. “It’s so moving, that so many people want to take part”, she said. “We have created an event that is loved by the public but by opera singers too…they want to be here, and want to help the Asociaicón San Juan”. International tenors such as Christoph Strehl and Piotr Beczala and soprano Elena Mosuk will join many others on stage, for this lyrical spectacular.

According to the producer “Tickets prices have been designed to allow everyone attend, with prices from €7 to €80”, and are now on sale online (through the Teatro Real website, http://www.teatro-real.com/es/temporada-17-18/conciertos-y-recitales/iv-fiesta-lirica-endesa) with a ‘row zero’ also on sale for those who cannot attend but would like to donate.

Adeje councillor Isabel Fernández Gonzalez congratulated the organisers of the event and the on-going contribution the association make to society. “I have already bought my ticket, and you need to buy yours quickly as they will sell out”, she urged people.

The Asociación San Juan, in Adeje town, is a centre for curative education and social therapy promoting an education and a way of life which promotes human rights and a level of auto- determination, and the integration of individuals who need special assistance. The centre works for the social, cultural and profession integration for adults who have developmental problems and who need special care.

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Rotary Van for Asociación San Juan

 

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Recently the International Rotary Club donated a 9-seater adapted van to the Asociación San Juan, based in Adeje.  With this addition to their fleet the association can now improve their service of transporting people with mobility difficulties to and from the centre that is there for individuals with diverse physical and mental challenges.

 

Manuel Florián, the governor-elect of the Rotary Club, said, “we are an organisation made up of business people and professionals who have a commitment to solidarity.  We are a world-wide organisation in existence for over 200 years, dedicated to the search for peace through the allocation of necessary recourses such as schools, hospitals, etc”.

 

He said that the Rotary Club in Tenerife had dedicated its most recent efforts to helping the Asociación San Juan, an organisation deserving of assistance.  With the cooperation of the Fundación La Caixa and car concession Cuatromoción, they were able to donate this specially adapted vehicle to the organisation.

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Ana Onieda Borges Medína. President of the Asociación San Juan, said that they had been in existence for 23 years to help the most vulnerable members of our society “but we haven’t worked alone, and along the way have been helped by many people and institutions, among them the Adeje council itself”.

 

José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, Mayor of Adeje, added “solidarity and gratitude are fundamental parts of this society reflected in the work of the Asociación San Juan.  Over the years they have demonstrated their worth with a huge amount of humanitarian work showing the important and special role education plays in our lives”. The mayor also expressed his thanks to the Rotarians and their on-going contribution to the “construction of a more equitable society in the south of Tenerife, with particular attention to improving the quality of life of the most vulnerable.”

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Lyric Festival for San Juan

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24 artists will perform in Madrid to raise funds for the Adeje centre

The “III Fiesta de la Lírica” (II Lyric Festival) benefiting the Asociación San Juan in Adeje, takes place in the Teatro Real in Madrid next Wednesday from 8pm.

At a press conference this week the Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, councillor for Special Needs Carmen Lucía Rodríguez del Toro and the president of the Asociación San Juan, Ana Oneida Borges Medina, outlined details of the concert in Madrid and the 24 different artists – 21 singers and three pianists – who will take part in the event. The mayor said the event underlined “the commitment we have to helping those with special needs and improving levels of co-existence”. He added that the borough’s “co-existence plan is an integral part of the borough, for us it is fundamental that no-one who lives in Adeje feels side-lined, we are working to guarantee that integration is genuine, and in that regard the Asociación San Juan gives us the stimulus needed to work with those who have special needs”.

The mayor said he wished to pay tribute to the association as their very presence stimulates the solidarity in the borough, “makes us better human beings, invites us to reflect and discover capabilities we might not have even known we had”.

The Asociación San Juan is a centre for curative education and social therapy promoting an education and a way of life which promotes human rights and a level of auto- determination, and the integration of individuals who need special assistance. The centre works for the social, cultural and profession integration for adults who have developmental problems and who need special care.

The president of the association, Ana Oneida Borges Medina, gave special mention to “Isabel Rey (soprano), the godmother of the Asociación San Juan, who has always underlined the fact that culture can play a very important role not just in enriching a society, but also as a bridge between different aspects of our lives.”

This year the classical music concert also enjoys the support of sponsor Endesa. Provincial commercial director José Manuel de la Cruz said they were delighted to be associated with the event, “and to reinforce our commitment to the Canary Islands and its institutions”.

The executive producer of the gala event, Carlos Marén Artists, said they had received many requests from artists who wanted to participate . Artists who would be performing included Canarians Nancy Fabiola Herrera, Francisco Corujo, Davinia Rodríguez, Juan Pons and Isabel Rey.

If you would like tickets for the concert, log onto the theatre webpage, http://www.teatro-real.com/es . Alternatively, and as in previous years, there is a “Row Zero” for people who cannot actually attend the concert but wish to donate, via donations to the bank account (Triodos Bank 1491 0001 21 2006288324).

Colourful donation!

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This week the Tenerife Sur Lions Club handed over a cheque for over six hundred Euros to the San Juan Centre for special needs people in Adeje. The monies were raised during the Hindu Festival of Colours on March 15th earlier this year, and will be used to improve the quality of life of those users of the centre.

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Present at the handing over of the cheque were representatives of the Lions, of the San Juan Association and of the Tenerife Hindu Association as well as a representative of those who use the installation. According to Prakash Udhwani, the Hindu community believes very firmly in solidarity with all their neighbours, “we are always looking to ways to help others in greater need, and we have a duty to society and it’s an honour for us to be able to contribute in this way”.
Ana Oneida Borges Medina from the San Juan Association said they were always delighted to be the recipient of aid from the Hindu and other associations. “For us this kind of aid is fundamental”, she said, “as this is a non-profit making association whose aim is the education, assistance and social integration of special needs individuals, and we have been able to carry out this work for the last 21 years thanks to the help we receive”.

20 Special Years

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The Adeje based Asociación San Juan is celebrating twenty years of working to improve the quality of life for people with physical and mental challenges.
According to the councillor with responsibility for people with special needs, Carmen Rosa González Cabrera, “the Asociación San Juan, along with the Los Olivos Centre for the Disabled are reference points for care and attention for people with different needs in the borough of Adeje and have contributed greatly to improving lives.”

The Asociación San Juan, which bases its educational programme on the Waldorf Method, is a centre for curative education and social therapy. The Waldorf Method is one which stresses the role of the imagination in learning and places a strong value on integrating intellectual, practical, and artistic themes, integrating family, learning and work into the cultural life of the person with learning difficulties or social challenges. It is a method which favours social, cultural and profession integration for adults who have developmental problems and who need special care.

According to Fidel Ortega Dueñas, the educative director of the San Juan centre, “the implantation of an education and a way of life which promotes human rights and a level of auto- determination, and the integration of individuals who need special assistance are ideals on which the work of the Asociación San Juan is based and in recent years in collaboration with the regional Canarian government we have been able to offer social and social-health services.

To mark the anniversary the association held a number of workshops, and on Monday May 26th there will a theatre performance of “El Principito” in the Adeje Cultural Centre at 7.30pm, entry is free.

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Council welcomes Holi dontations

 

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Recently Prakash Udhwani and Margaret and Mike Marshall, all members of the Tenerife Sur Lions Club, visited the Adeje Council offices to hand over two cheques to the Asociación San Jose and the Los Olivos Centre for Special Needs.
The councillor with responsibility for the elderly and people with special needs, Carmen Rosa González Cabrera, and social welfare councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo said they were very grateful for the donation and congratulated the work of the association.
The money was raised during the very colourful and fun-filled Holi Mela Hindu event that was held in the Fañabe Plaza. This celebration of Indian culture was also a fund raiser, with the guests invited to pay for a plate of paella and a soft drink.
Prakash Undhwani thanked those who worked to make the event a success, including the Havana Chic Lounge Club, Gourmetland, the Association Hindu Tenerife South and the Tenerife Sur Lions.
Councillor Carmen Rosa said it was wonderful to see the level of involvement by the Lions and the Hindu community, adding “I would like to thank them and congratulate the associations involved for the solidarity they are demonstrating for people who are seriously in need during these difficult times”. She also invited the Lions representatives to visit the two centres to see the excellent work they do and see how their donations are being used .