The Rotary Club of Torrevieja has put in a request for donations to help 13
children who are victims of the troubles in Eastern Ukraine. The children have
been brought by the club to Torrevieja to have a holiday away from the
problems in their homeland.
The children have all lost close family members in the conflict or come from
families who are struggling to survive without basic necessities. They were
selected and brought to Torrevieja in conjunction with ‘Global Christian
Support’. Now, during their stay in Torrevieja, they have been given
opportunities to enjoy different activities and to be children.
The children originate from Kramatorsk, Donetsk, Slavyansk and Avdeevka
and are all between the ages of three and 11. Their families are without the
basic necessities and the Rotary Club has also been asking for support in
providing them with these basics for when they return to their home country.
Yvette Cooper and Jan Harding are organising a huge charity event to raise money for
ALPE school for children with special needs. Jan is a Zumba instructor and together,
she and Yvette go to the school during October through to the end of May and teach
Zumba. The children go wild when the two ladies walk into the hall, and Yvette told the
Costa Blanca People, “We do two 45 minute classes, and the smiles on their faces make
the exertion and sweat worthwhile!”
The fundraising family fun event takes place on 16th June at Lo Crispin Tavern. Yvette
explained, “We have live acts from 11am doing 30 minutes each, BigFM will be
broadcasting live for us. We have a psychic medium, cake stall, various craft stalls, a
massive tombola, raffle with nine meal vouchers to be won amongst other things, guess
the teddy’s name, guess the number of sweets in the jar, skittles, pub jenga, pitch and
putt, bouncy castle for the little ones – it is going to be a great family day out.”
As children look towards the new school year with dread and parents with
relief, spare a thought for those who might be turning up at school without the
basic pencils and pens that others take for granted. Carmens Bar in El
Chaparral are collecting stationery for the children at San José Obrero
Orphanage who otherwise might struggle to find themselves equipped for the
new school year.
The orphanage in Orihuela currently caters for 70 children and 80% of the
running cost is covered through donations. The orphanage is home to children
from 6 to 18 years of age who have been abandoned by their families or who,
for various reasons, do not have a family who can take care of them.
The home is run by the church and they do their best to recreate a family
atmosphere. They also have a day centre with 24 children where the children
are looked after only during the day after which they return home. When they
reach the age of 18 the young people still can’t count on the help of any family
so they are allocated some space in one of the flats to assist them in their
transition to adult life. The aim of the centre is to ensure the future for the
children, enabling them to settle in society and have the skills they need.
Carmen’s Bar are raising money for starter packs for the children to take to
school. The children need basic items such as pens, pencils, rulers, pencil
cases and rubbers. If you would like to help you are asked to either donate
money or purchase some items to hand in at Carmens Bar. These will then be
transported to the home itself.
Julie and her team are delighted by the number of donations that have been
made and are also raising money through holding raffles. They would like to
thank everyone who has already donated towards this very good cause and
asks that the donations keep on coming. With 70 children needing stocking up
for the school year, every item is welcome.
It could easily have been another fatal case on Wednesday 19 th July when two
children of 11 and 14 years old found themselves in trouble in the sea. After
20 minutes in the water, the two were exhausted and thought they were going
to die. However, they were rescued by two Guardia Civil police officers.
Their rescue wasn’t without complications because of the strong current and
waves. The waves were preventing the children from getting out of the water
because of the risk of them being bashed against the rocks in the Cala de los
Jorge, a police officer in the Guardia Civil, went into the sea whilst his
companion, Justo, went to get help from the Policía Local. ‘There were
anxious moments which lasted an eternity for them,’ explained Jorge. ‘They
had wanted to get out of the water a lot earlier but because of the rocks and
the stormy water they couldn’t. They were at serious risk of being badly
It was a race against time and the lifeguards advised that the best solution
was to get access by a jet ski. The area where the children were swimming
was not covered by a lifeguard.
‘I jumped into the water because there wasn’t time to wait for help as the
current was strong,’ explained Jorge. This is the second time recently that this
officer has been prepared to risk his own life to save another. He was involved
in a rescue from the sea a month ago when two people were saved from
Swimming in the unsupervised coves continues to be a dangerous summer
pursuit as was seen recently with the sad deaths of a couple in Guardamar.
There is no lifeguard service in the smaller coves up the coast and those
bathing there take a risk.
In this case the two young people were lucky but we are already seeing
deaths as a result. There have already been seven drownings in this
particularly cove over a period of years. They are particularly popular places
for diving amongst young people, but the sea isn’t always as easy to leave as
it is to enter.
When the local police arrived with a boat they noted that the two young
people and their rescuer were all exhausted from the effort by the time they
were removed from the water.
Torrevieja primary school, Las Culturas, held its third annual charity race last week with children, teachers, parents and friends participating in the race for a good cause. As always, the race was held to coincide with international Day of Peace and once again, was used to raise money for a local cause. This year, the cause was CDA Torrevieja – the adaptive sports club which helps people with disabilities participate in sporting activities by providing specialised equipment and training. With the sponsorship of children and their parents, and further collection on the day, over €1000 was raised.
Each class ran in turn, starting with the three year olds, right up to year 6 (12 year olds) with the speed and competitive spirit seeming to rise with each year group. The crowds of school children, families and friends lining Calle Las Tortolas screamed encouragement and offered ‘high fives’ for the duration of all races ensuring that no participant was short of encouragement. The beginning and end of each race was accompanied by the hypnotic beat of drums by the school band, under the direction of popular music teacher Vicent.
After running, each of the children was offered a piece of fruit and bottle of water organised by Grupo Scout Las Culturas, and on hand to help with the organisation of the race were Torrevieja Triathlon Club and Puerto Athletics Club. Offering first aid support was a team from Hospital Torrevieja.
Torrevieja has now been an independent ‘ciudad’ for 86 years. As part of its celebrations the town hall invited in 26 children who had opportunity to debate on some important matters.One of these being the adoption of different models of language learning throughout the town.
The children came from four schools in the town, CEIP Las Culturas, CEIP Salvador Ruso, CEIP Ciudad del Mar and CMT La Purísima. The children took on the role of councillors and participated in a pleno voting on twelve motions to improve the town. All the motions were passed although two with a smaller majority.
This is the second year that this has taken place and it is particularly fitting that it should take place on the anniversary of the naming of Torrevieja as a town on 4th February 1931. The mayor complemented the children on their level of democratic participation and the work that had been done previously at their schools.
One of the most debated motions was that surrounding the balance of languages to be taught in Torrevieja’s schools. This motion was put forward by PIPAS (Plataforma Intercultural por el Avance Social) the name given to the group from Las Culturas.
Other recurring themes included the level of culture, sport and education offered in the town, the need for green areas and street cleaning and the need to make the town more friendly for those with disabilities. Where necessary, the mayor has explained the background to some of the issues. However both the mayor and some othersabstained from voting when it came to the balance of languages within the schools.