Donations

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

 

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The luck of the draw

Mediterranea     Medditerranea

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.