25 Oct 2011

Med's First Party !!

Med's first party in over 10 years was a great success, despite weather that could have been warmer and more inviting.  Over 100 people attended and enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere of Son Caliu beach, the wonderful music of 'Guitarras del Mar', the food of 'Delicioso' and each others company.  It was lovely to see and meet the wide range of people who support and volunteer for our small but rapidly growing NGO.

Various members of the press attended and Dr Stoma was interviewed for the radio.  Keep an eye open for next Sunday's Ultima Hora magazine amongst others.

We would like to give special thanks to:

Andrew Spence and Anthony Just of 'Guitarras del Mar' see link  http://spanishguitaristmallorca.blogspot.com/  who choose just the right music at the right time, created a very warm atmosphere and took us well into the evening.

Also to Helen of Delicioso see link http://www.deli-delicioso.com/index.html  who usually spends her time feeding guests of the super yachts but kindly supported us with a wide range of canapes.

To Esperanza Nadal of Vins Nadal, Binissalem see link http://www.vinsnadal.com/ who kindly supplied a number of cases of their lovely wine Albaflor.

To Bar Bambu Fish who cut their prices in a very generous way so that everyone could drink freely through out the evening and served us drinks with a smile and good humour all night. The ticket price of 12€ adults and 6€ children covered the costs of all drinks and food for the evening.

To Specsavers (Santa Ponsa), Bar Nassau (Portixol) and Rumours Bar (Portals Nous) who handled advanced ticket sales.

And finally to our team of Med volunteers Natalie, Marieke, Will and Robin who worked hard to organise the event and thought they had everything covered only to discover on the night that the labels used as name tags didn't stick and that the tops to the Hawaiian style sun shades that gave the beach an exotic feel had been taken away earlier that day.  Lessons to be learnt for the next event!

24 Oct 2011

Thank You IBO

We continue in a state of happiness because of the way things have gone recently in Ethiopia.

Today Dr Jose Maria Panades (Opthamologist) and Cati Ramis (Opthalmic Nurse) have left from Mallorca for a two week trip to Ethiopia.  During the first week they will be with the children of Sebeta and for the second they will focus on the children and workers of Abugida and those other children in the area of Abugida who have eye problems.

We would love to give our profound thanks to IBO (Institut Balear Oftalmic) for their kind assistance and support.  For a long time we have dreamed of bringing an Opthamologist to Ethiopia and in this case an Opthalmologist who's also a Pediatrician, plus an Opthalmic nurse...what more could we have asked for?

Here you can see a photo of the poster that the IBO have created and hangs in their reception to collect glasses for Mediterranea.

23 Oct 2011

Happy Smiles

 We received the latest report from Sebeta and this time with photos.  The three monitors are doing a good job and the children are happy.  They have established turns so that all the children can have some access to the workshop.

Every day they do different activities with the children and they are teaching those that can see to write.  If you remember, in this school, they only teach Braille whether yo can see or not.

The happiness of these children is priceless.  Thank you for helping us achieve this.