A glorious day greeted MABS Murcia/Mar Menor Race for Life participants in Los Alcázares on Sunday. Almost 350 people turned up to run, walk, go by wheelchair or electric scooter, and one young lady got her dad to push her in a wheelbarrow. Charlotte Airey had an operation on her foot 2 days before the race, but desperately wanted to take part so dad, Paul, agreed to wheel her all the way. Not content with this, Charlotte insisted on doing the last few metres under her own steam with crutches – well done Charlotte! Many others came in fancy dress or pink wigs and bras, joining in the fun spirit of this annual MABS fundraiser. “The event gets bigger every year” said Fundraising Co-ordinator, Janet Bell, “and it was lovely to see so many people lined up at the start. We’ve even had passers-by donating money, because they couldn’t take part.” Before the race began, there was a one minute silence to remember all those who have given their lives in the service of their country. MABS Director, Lyn Baines, started the race, and then made a dash by motor scooter to welcome everyone over the finish line. “I’d like to thank all the MABS volunteers who have worked so hard to make this event the success that it is every year and the Ayuntamiento of Los Alcázares who give us such great support with equipment and the emergency services; also the lovely Zigi, who helps everyone warm up before each race.” she said. “But, most of all, we are so grateful to everyone for coming down on a Sunday morning to take part, and a special thanks to Exite FM Radio, who have attended every race since we started three years ago.” People came from as far afield as the UK: Geraldine and Helen Lynch came all the way from Wales and London respectively, just to run in the MABS Race for Life. Kerry Lawrie made a special trip from Glasgow, to run in memory of her dad, Ronnie. Maggie Diaz, a breast cancer survivor, came with friends Lillian Gleadell and Doris Fletcher supporting her. Audrey Hague, despite having broken her foot leaving her line dance rehearsal, was determined to take part, so friends Barbara and James Upshon came along with her to help. Other entrants came from Torrevieja, La Manga, Cehegin and Calasparra, so the popularity of this event is certainly spreading. More and more Spanish residents are joining in too - Elvira Gonzalez, who is in her sixties and lives in Los Alcázares, took part for the first time this year and thoroughly enjoyed herself, promising to do it again in 2011. MABS believes that they could well top the 7,600 € figure collected from the 2009 race. Sponsorship money will be coming in gradually over the next few weeks, but the total has already reached 4,500 €. “We’re overwhelmed by the generosity and support we receive from the public and we owe them a huge thanks for turning out today. It’s been a pleasure to see everyone enjoying themselves.” remarked Lyn. Placings in the race were as follows: Men: 1st Danny Reilly, 2nd Jason Fieldhouse, 3rd Philip Grimes. Women: 1st Clara Marin, 2nd Pilar Hernandez Martinez, 3rd Kerry Lawrie, 4th Janet Cockings. Children: 1st Travis Preston, 2nd Scarlett Wilson, 3rd Millie Airey. MABS Murcia/Mar Menor helps all people in the Murcia/Mar Menor area who are affected by cancer, providing drivers, translators, information leaflets, equipment, a listening ear, or a shoulder to lean on. If you want to volunteer, donate or you need help, you can contact MABS on 693 275 779 or visit our website: www.mabsmurcia.com
The sun shone brightly on Friday November 12th when the British Consul Mr Paul Rodwell came to Los Narejos to officially open the new offices of HELP Murcia Mar Menor. HAH, Help at Home, an autonomous sub-group of HMMM along with the Cancer Support Group, Diabetic and Friendship groups were also invited along to listen to Mr Rodwell talk about life in Spain, integration and the role of the British Consul. Lots of volunteers from all the groups were made very welcome by the HMMM committee and enjoyed a fantastic buffet prepared by the HELP team. Lesley and Paul Eburne, co-founders of HAH spent some time chatting to Mr Rodwell who was very impressed with the work that HAH are now carrying out in the local community, and the speed with which the group has grown. Lesley explained that last week alone 52 free hours of care were spent helping our clients who are struggling to cope, and this figure is growing all the time. Some of our clients will need quite a lot of care, but others just a little help to get back on their feet following surgery. If you or anyone you know are struggling to cope, please ring our HAH phone on 633 673 034 between Mon-Friday 9.30-6pm. Have you a few hours to spend helping others, or fundraising for HAH? If so, call Lesley on 968 134 978 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our next volunteers meeting will be at Las Claras Municipal Centre, Los Narejos on Tuesday November 30 at 11.30am) and not November 23rd as stated last week). For further information please visit our website www.helpathome.es
On Sunday 24th October the MABS Mazarron Race For Life Committee proudly presented the annual sponsored run around Camposol raising vital funds to continue its support to cancer sufferers of all nationalities within the local area. Events such as this also help to raise Camposol’s profile in the region and brings people together for a common cause. The race was scheduled for 10am , but it was a much earlier start for the group of dedicated MABS volunteers who met outside the Trevi Bar and Restaurant at Sector B Commercial Centre to set up the registration tables, Tombola stall, placement of Course Marshalls and all the other activities that go into putting a race of this magnitude together. Thankfully, the weather was lovely and sunny and lifted the spirits of the 126 runners, walkers and wheelchair/mobility scooter users who entered the race. There was a lot of friendly banter, jokes (one or two bets I shouldn’t wonder!) and an air of excitement as they all donned this year’s fuschia pink T’Shirts and tried their luck on the Tombola where there were some fantastic prizes to be won. Then it was off to the start line for one or two circuits of 4k. Considering how long it took to organise the entire event, all too soon it was over, but what a joy it was seeing the happy and relieved expressions on people’s faces as they proudly collected their Finisher Certificate!!! The winners of the trophies in each category were:- 1st Lady 4k Diane Rabbitt Race No. 64 1st Lady 8k Ness Money Race No. 56 Junior Amelia and Mia Stokes Race No. 102 and 103 1st Man 4k Mark Wastell Race No. 112 1st Man 8k Rab Young Race No. 90 Junior Joe Bennett Race No. 110 1st Team 4k The Tuesday Walkers 3 Cath Adams Race No. 1 Maureen Campbell Race No. 2 Diane Dryden Race No. 3 Frances Haughton Race No. 4 1st Team 8k The Tuesday Walkers 2 Joan Boyle Race No. 14 Carol De Silva Race No. 15 Christina Mooney Race No. 16 Carol Ann Waters Race No. 17 Our organisation would like to thank everyone for participating this year, and at the time of going to press with this article, with all the sponsorship pledges from race entrants, general donations and monies raised from the Tombola we should realise a sum close to the 7000 Euros mark. MABS Mazarron would also like to say a very big thank you to all our generous sponsors, in particular:- A1 Excavate & Build 2Let, 2 Sell, 2Buy Camposol Computers Camposol Heating and Maintenance (CHM) Clinica Veterinaria CM Constructions Don Ricardo Fundi-Trof S.L. Glitzy Bits & Wool Shop Happy Pets Images Salon ISS Satellites Jane's Salon Bolnuevo Liz's Café Mister Print Graphics Ocean Fish Bar Sensol Hotel The Golf Club (Kim) The Salon The Yorkshire Linen Co. Trevi Bar & Restaurant Welcome group Without their continuous support we would not be able to continue to hold such large scale fundraising events. Our heartfelt thanks must also go to our volunteers who never fail to turn out to help, and to the RFL Committee Members who gave up such a lot of their time this year organising and presenting the race, also to Mercers for agreeing to be a collection point for sponsorship monies, and to Mazarron Cruz Roja for providing emergency assistance. We have had a lot of help with our advertising and promotion of the Race, so thanks also go to:- The Costa Calida Chronicle Costa Calida Radio Sunshine Magazine The Sol Times Euro Weekly News The Leader The Informer Lobo Del Mar Tropicana Bar The English Butcher The Ferreteria Costa Café/Best Wishes Anglo Info Simply Networking Round Town News The Reporter newspaper Insight Magazine Sector D Gardening Club If we have inadvertently left anyone out of our thank-you list, we apologise for the oversight and assure you all that we are very grateful for your assistance and look forward to working together again on next year’s Race. MABS, The cancer support group (Mazarron) is a registered charity ( number 7261 ) offering help and support to local people of all nationalities, who have been diagnosed with or are being treated for cancer. If you or someone you know would like some confidential help or support call- Helpline:- 620 422 410 General enquiries:- 620 582 418. Email: email@example.com Websites: www.mabsmazarron.com or www.mabscancersupport.org
On Thursday, 4 November at 10.00 am, MABS Murcia/Mar Menor will open the sales floor of its new cancer centre to the public. Cancer Centre Manager, Sue Thomason, is delighted. “We’ve worked hard over the past few weeks to make sure that the sales floor is ready to provide the revenue to support the new cancer centre. I have a fantastic team of volunteers who have dashed away with smoothing irons, mopped till they dropped, and dusted with gusto. They’ve also sorted through all the lovely donations that people have been so kind to bring in and we’re ready to rock!” Since its inception in July 2007, MABS Murcia Mar Menor has dreamt of a cancer centre, where everyone affected by cancer could go to get advice, information, counselling and special treatments and, thanks to a bequest from their first cancer patient, they are now able to realise the dream. The new sales floor will support the costs of the centre, which will be named after their benefactor, Jacqueline Howes. “It’s a fitting tribute to this wonderful lady, who was a model in the fifties and sixties, working for designers like Jean Muir.” commented MABS Director, Lyn Baines. “She was a very elegant lady, who loved golf, and came to live in Spain to indulge her hobby and enjoy her retirement. Unfortunately, she didn’t realise her dream, but she ensured that we could realise ours, so we are happy that her name will live on by naming our new premises The Jacqueline Howes Cancer Centre.” “Our aim for the new sales floor is to establish a reputation for selling only top quality items and we are definitely on track to achieve that. We are very fortunate to have such an experienced retailer to head up the Centre and many of our volunteers have worked in retail, so the high standards will be maintained.” said Lyn. “We have so many people to thank, who have helped us get the premises ready and gave their time for free building display and storage units, painting walls, fitting carpets, sorting out wiring, plumbing and computer presentations, and we owe a huge thanks to our main sponsor, DFS Furniture in San Javier. We look forward to meeting everyone on 4 November” MABS believes that the sales floor will soon become very popular and, therefore, needs the public to continue donating top quality clothes, accessories, bric-a-brac, books, DVDs and CDs. They cannot accept electrical goods or large items. If you would like to donate, the Centre will be open Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00 am to 2.00 pm and they can be contacted on: 615 016 035. Work will continue on getting the treatment, counselling and information areas ready and there will be an official opening at a later date. Meanwhile, your support will be very welcome – whether you are donating, volunteering or buying. MABS Murcia/Mar Menor helps all people in the Murcia/Mar Menor area who are affected by cancer, providing drivers, translators, information leaflets, equipment, a listening ear, or a shoulder to lean on. If you want to volunteer, donate or you need help, you can contact MABS on 693 275 779 or visit our website: www.mabsmurcia.com
Talk Radio Europe is once again holding their annual Telethon in aid of Cudeca and you are all invited to join in on Friday, 10th December from 10.00am to 8.00pm. The show will be hosted by the TRE team alongside some special guests and there will be an array of musical talent performing live on air in the studio. This year all the auction items will be on the website from 26th November and you can bid on-line for items right up to the day! You can help make this a record-breaking year in one of the following ways: You can bid for the auction items – please look at the website www.tretelethon.com You can donate auction items You can call in and make a donationor You can do all of the above! To donate items please call either Laura Haggis on 692 256 375 or David Jelley on 626 817 130 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org You can listen to Talk Radio Europe on 88.9fm on the Costa Del Sol East, 91.9fm on the Costa Del Sol West and on 92.5fm east of Malaga. Anything you contribute will help Cudeca to continue offering its Special Kind of Caring to patients suffering from advanced cancer within the province of Málaga. Help us to continue giving life to days!
The Association of English Speakers of San Pedro del Pinatar (ADAPT) are organising two Awareness Days which form part of the Access for All project. The timetable is as follows: Sunday 2nd October, there will be a special circuit to challenge members of the public on the Explanade in Lo Pagán from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday 3rd October, the same circuit will be installed in the main square, la Plaza de la Constitución of San Pedro del Pinatar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We are pleased to have the participation of the Mayor of San Pedro del Pinatar Don José María García Ruíz on Sunday 2nd at 12 midday and about ninety students from Aidemar on Monday at 10 a.m. The idea of this activity is to make local residents aware of the problems of access for people with disabilities, their carers as well as parents with prams and pushchairs. The activity is connected to a study carried out by ADAPT into access problems in the town and is sponsored by the Citizens Participation department.
Yes we are extremely happy to report another excellent week, more volunteers, more clients and more funds raised. The amount of support we are being given in the community is tremendous and the feedback about our service is heart-warming. HAH spokeswoman said "the way things are going, we will soon be in a position to extend our area and be able to help more people who are struggling to cope" Our week started with a paella cookery demonstration by Martin, the fantastic chef at Campbells, how can he make it look so easy and taste so good? We were then served the paella along with salad, desert and wine all for €10, and made €154 for HAH at the same time. The event was sold out and everyone enjoyed the fabulous food and atmosphere. Next we had a fun Coffee and Cake morning at the home of Kay and Peter Saward in Los Narejos – bingo with mini cheese biscuits as markers!!, a raffle, and lots of cakes and drinks. All this and €200 raised for HAH. The week was 'rounded off' with our 1st Pig Racing night which was held at the very popular Delfin Café Bar in Estrella de Mar, Los Urrutias. 6 pink, battery operated pigs, snorted and snuffled their way along the 'track' some went straight but most followed their own agenda!! This was absolutely hilarious to watch, and the evening was made even more successful by Pam and Roy's choice of menu (courtesy of previous losers) which consisted of pork, bacon and sausage snacks. All this fun and a staggering €352 was raised for HAH. Well done and a big Thank you to Mike and Martin (Campbells) Kay and Peter and Pam and Roy at the Delfin, and to everyone who helped and supported us. If you need our help, call HAH on 633 673 034 (Mon-Fri 9.30-6pm) or email us on email@example.com. For further information, if you would like to become Actively involved with HAH, or find out about our forthcoming events visit our website www.helpathome.es or call Lesley on 968 134 978
Tomorrow morning (Wednesday 20th) at 10 a.m. there will be a demonstration of Nordic walking at the Thalasia hotel. This is also part of the Osteoporosis day, so all of those who can make it are most welcome. The idea is to demonstrate a form of exercise that is beneficial in the prevention of osteoporosis. It is a shame that we didn't know about it earlier, but please pass the word around and go along if you can! Best wishes, ADAPT
For our new Cancer Centre at: Avenida la Unión 60, 30730 San Javier, Murcia near the Centro Comercial Hispania and Mercadona Top quality, new and nearly new clothing and accessories, jewellery, bric-a-brac, books, DVDs and CDs, coat-hangers and mannequin torsos required The new MABS Cancer Centre will provide those affected by cancer with facilities for treatment, counselling, and a place to get advice or have an informal chat. We will raise funds to support this much-needed facility with a shop. That's why we need your support. Whether you want to donate or to volunteer to help, please get in touch. We're looking for volunteers and we'd love to hear from you! The Group is run entirely by volunteers from all walks of life, some of whose lives have been touched by cancer and others who have life, language, business and driving skills. If you would like to donate or volunteer to work in our new shop, please call Sue on 671 244 912 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wow, what a difference a week makes as HAH-Help at Home goes from strength to strength. It is only just over 3 weeks since we launched and we are already helping 14 clients and their families to cope with a variety of health problems, so this service is obviously very much needed in our area. A spokesperson said that all the HAH volunteers are delighted with the response and that they can now put their skills to such good use, which is of course helping those in need.HAH are very proud of the fact that they have qualified nurses and carers, counsellors, a translator, fundraisers, and lots of other willing hands prepared to help in so many ways, such as hospital sitting, respite care relief, driving (hospital, Doctors appointments) home care etc. We offer as much help as possible to our clients, but cannot of course provide full-time home care. If you, or someone you know is struggling to cope, we will offer as much help as possible FREE OF CHARGE, please call us on 633 693 034 Monday to Friday between 9.30 and 6pm. If you have an emergency situation, then please call 112 for an ambulance. We would also like to thank so many local businesses for their support, and special thanks go to Novo Carthago, Campbells, Fitzers, La Zona, Café Golf, SOS fashions, English supermarket, and of course, the press for helping us to promote HAH. Our website is now up and running, so visit us at www.helpathome.es and check our forthcoming events. If you would like further information please telephone 633 673 034 or email email@example.com
The 20th October is World Osteoporosis Day, and on this occasion the residents of San Pedro are being offered a FREE osteoporosis check up (densitrometría) along with professional monitoring and nutritional advice by the Osteoporosis Society in collaboration with the town hall. This will take place at the new Social Services centre on calle Dr. Mirón de Castros (this is one of the streets behind Mercadona). If you are a resident of San Pedro del Pinatar or a member of ADAPT please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested in this, so that we can book your appointment at the centre. It may be possible to arrange an appointment for non-resident members of ADAPT. www.adaptsanpedro.eu
Following the very successful launch of this exciting new local charity last week, HAH are delighted to report that they have several new volunteers, and have been able to help 5 familieswho are finding it difficult to cope. And all this in the first week! All these families have very different problems, but they have all been delighted with the help we have been able to provide, and in some cases, are still providing. Obviously, as our patient list increases, so will our need for helpful, caring volunteers, and we would be pleased to hear from those of you out there who would like to give a little bit of time or knowledge to help us help people in need. If you would like further details, please telephone either our HAH helpline on 633 673 034, or Lesley on 968 134 978 or 679 644 172. Help at Home HAH (a subgroup of HELP Murcia Mar Menor) are a group of caring members of the local community whose sole aim is to help those people who are finding it difficult to manage.
We are a group of caring members of the local community whose sole aim is to help those people who are finding it difficult to manage, hence HAH…HELP AT HOME. We have qualified nurses to advise, people with caring qualifications, fun fundraisers, translators, but of course we are looking for more special people who are prepared to commit a few hours to help us grow. Maybe, you or a loved one have recently been discharged from hospital or are under medical supervision. Perhaps you have had a fall/operation and need a bit of help, or you are a full time carer needing a break either at home or in hospital. We may not always have the solution, but we will do our utmost to help. As a subgroup of HELP Murcia Mar Menor who already run a very successful hospital visiting team at Los Arcos, we are building our own team of carers, fundraisers, translators, and shoulders to lean on! Initially, we will work within a 15k radius of Los Alcazares, although our desire is to be able to help those in need in the Mar Menor area. We will also be looking for a qualified nurse who has or is willing to get Spanish qualifications, who will be assisted to obtain them and then paid for all work undertaken on our behalf. We will have regular group ‘get-togethers’ to plan our activities, and democracy and communication will be a key element throughout. Why not join us? Have you got any medical/carer qualifications, could you help raise some funds, enough initially to cover volunteer expenses thereby helping us to extend our services?. or a few hours to spare and a shoulder to lean on? Unfortunately, none of us are getting any younger or fitter, and most of us may need help at some time, so do you think you could offer some help, time or experience? Our events for October are as follows:- October 1st Race Night @ Novo Cathago, Los Urrutias, with PADDY POWER in attendance, 8pm start. A ‘Swish’ clothes exchange party at Don Lorenzos, Los Urrutias, on Friday October 8th @ 1pm. A fantastically funny PIGGY race night, (seeing is believing) @ the Delfin Bar, Los Urrutias on Saturday 23rd October. We have several other events in the pipeline, so for further details, or if you would like to organise your own event tel: 679 644 172 For information regarding HAH, if you need Help, or want to volunteer, please telephone:- 633 673 034
Hi we have just moved very closeby to camposol, and we expecting our first baby!!! We currently attend huercal overa hospital for scans etc, as we used to live there however we are going to have to change to cartagena, so im advised. Has anybody ever had any dealings with this hospital at all? Any information greatly received. Can anybody please advise of any good doctors that speak english as we do speak Spanish but would not like to be misunderstood in medical terms with our baby. Just to be on the safe side. Also where do we need to attend to get registered in this area for the doctor. All advice greatly received.... thanks in advance.