3 May 2011

What's Going on at Mediterranea this May?


Dignipacs (Leader Nicky Horner tel: 666271872)
Packs of essential items such as soap, shampoo, underpants etc collected, packed and distributed to the homeless of Mallorca.
We're planning another Dignipacs distribution for May. All donations of soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, sanitary pads, deodorant, razors, ladies' panties and socks, men's underpants and socks, toilet rolls and wet wipes can be dropped off at Dr Stoma's surgery or at Planet Space in Son Bugadelles. Any small bottles of shampoo, etc. picked up on your travels would also be very useful. Adding just a few extra items to your weekly shopping basket can make a huge difference to the homeless of Mallorca.
Two younger members made short presentations to each class at IES Bendiinat about Dignipac and other work at Mediterranea. From this we had a great response. In May, we hope to extend this to include some more schools, and would be delighted to hear from any teenagers who have contacts in the other schools.
We would like to arrange a collection centre in or near Club de Mar in order to collect donations from the boats. Please contact Nicky if you have any contacts that could help.
Nicky can always make use of more pairs of hands, please call her if you have any spare time in May.

Fruit Picking (Leader: Natalie Elfers tel 699614307)
Volunteers meet weekly, have a chat and coffee and then drive together to an orchard to pick fruit for 4th world programme.
As the orange season is now over we have hands without anything to pick. So if anyone knows of any orchards or growers who have excess crops that they would let us pick for the homeless of Mallorca then please call Natalie.

Fourth World (Leader: Fernanda Canoura Guerra Tel: 659952334)
Volunteers purchase and distribute food, using the office space of the Association of Mali in Palma, to people who have somewhere to live but are at risk because they have no source of income. The programme also offers English and Spanish lessons. In another initiative volunteers distribute food to the homeless at Zaqueo.
Food is distributed at 1400hrs every Friday
Fernanda is always looking for additional help to purchase and distribute, please call her if you have any spare time in May or would like to help out with the Spanish lessons.

Palma Warehouse (Leader: Jill Witkamp jill@witkamp-mallorca.com)
Jill does a great job in managing Mediterranea’s storage space at Extraspace in Palma. We store clothes, toys, learning materials and much more.
Jill is looking for a couple of volunteers to help her for one morning to reorganise the storeroom and make a stock list.
Jill would like to hear from other Mediterranea projects to see if she has anything in store that could be of help.
Anyone who wants to leave things in the storeroom can go to the Extraspace warehouse during office hours and ask them to open our lock up 3024 and place items in the middle (as the sign says), otherwise please contact Jill to arrange a time to meet her there.

Europe Day – Sun 8th May (Leader: Diane Oatley tel 971 138190/667498955 vitalforce2000@gmail.com)
Calvia Fair, sea front Palmanova to celebrate 1957 Treaty of Rome that brought what is now European Union into being. Over 100 stores.
Our preparations are ready for this event we just need members to turn up and support the event and Dr Stoma who will be receiving the European Citizen of the Year Award on behalf of Mediterranea !!

BIS Pirates Party 28 May (Leader: Jackie Evans tel 609421073)
This party will be held at the school in order to raise funds for Mediterranea.
Please call Jackie if you have time on your hands and can assist.

Digame Relaunch, Marchica 19 May (Leader: Robin Griffith tel 600425647 rgrif367@gmail.com)
Digame, who are members, are a magazine aimed at English speaking residents and visitors. They are relaunching the magazine and raising funds for Mediterranea. Dr Stoma will be speaking at the event. We need a couple of volunteers to man a small stand, mingle with those attending and try to recruit new members. Event starts 8pm and will last a couple of hours. Please call Robin if you can help.

Ethiopia (Leader Victoria Baldo email: haldala@yahoo.es)
Supporting schools in Akaki region of Ethiopia
Please call Victoria to find out how you can help.

Ghana (Leader Michael Stoma email: mediterranea.ong@gmail.com)
Supporting small regional hospital
Current project in need of support: Physiotherapists needed to set up new physio dept.


Sponsorships (Leader: Ana Calvo tel: 616686577 Email:apadrinamediterranea@gmail.com)
Desperately poor children in need of personal sponsorship to provide small but long term financial support.

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