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Bt Irene Frame SINCE the meet­ing on March 3 of the San Pedro del Pi­natar English speak­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion (ADAPT), which was fea­tured in last week’s Costa Blanca News, Mau­reen Payne, pres­i­dent of Age Con­cern Costa Blanca Sur, has thanked them for their do­na­tion to the char­ity.

Mau­reen grate­fully ac­cepted a cheque for €500 from Reme Ruiz, Pres­i­dent of ADAPT. She said af­ter­wards that this gen­er­ous do­na­tion will go a long way to main­tain­ing all ser­vices that Age Con­cern pro­vides for the sup­port and wel­fare re­quire­ments of peo­ple of over 50 years old.

ADAPT raised the money through raf­fles and do­na­tions at their monthly so­cial meet­ings. Reme con­grat­u­lated Age Con­cern on reach­ing their 20th an­niver­sary this year and re­in­forced the need for char­i­ties and as­so­ci­a­tions to con­tinue their good work, hav­ing an­swers, ser­vices and as­sis­tance for peo­ple when nec­es­sary.

Supplied by Ger­main Droogen­broodt of 'Fun­dación Ithaca'. Fun­dación Ithaca is the Span­ish sis­ter foun­da­tion of Bel­gian pub­lish­ing house Point Edi­tions and has rapidly built up in­ter­na­tional fame as or­gan­iser of mul­ti­lin­gual po­etry recitals, splen­did mu­sic per­for­mances and ex­hi­bi­tions of paint­ings by ex­cel­lent artists, re­ceiv­ing of­fers by na­tional and in­ter­na­tional artists in­ter­ested in co­op­er­a­tion.

The Po­etic Evening Con­certs of Ithaca, or­gan­ised an­nu­ally at the foun­da­tion's base in Al­tea (Ali­cante), Spain, are its most im­por­tant cul­tural event. These take place the two last Sun­days of July and the three first of Au­gust. Ad­vance book­ing is ad­vis­able.

The ob­jec­tive of the Fun­dación Ithaca is to be a cul­tural bridge for Span­ish artists, po­ets and mu­si­cians to other coun­tries and vice versa. For more in­for­ma­tion about Fun­dación Ithaca and for con­cert de­tails see the web­site at:

http://www. point-edi­tions.com By Alex Watkins A GROUP of women from Elche who have breast can­cer are tak­ing part in a project to re­for­est the Ama­zon in Peru.

Re­gional gov­ern­ment vi­cepres­i­dent Mónica Ol­tra showed her ad­min­is­tra­tion’s sup­port for this joint ini­tia­tive by the Elche as­so­ci­a­tion for women with breast can­cer (AMACMEC) and Ox­i­zo­nia, which pro­tects and main­tains en­dan­gered ar­eas of the rain­for­est.

On Mon­day she met with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of both as­so­ci­a­tions and the five women from AMACMEC who are go­ing on the ex­pe­di­tion with Ox­i­zo­nia

She said the project com­bines ‘char­ity, co­op­er­a­tion, equal­ity, willpower and ed­u­ca­tion’, which are all prin­ci­ples that her de­part­ment for equal­ity and in­clu­sive poli­cies works to achieve.

“It is an hon­our to sup­port this ini­tia­tive to re­for­est the Ama­zon, the lung of the planet, by tough women who have spent their lives fight­ing ad­ver­sity, and to ed­u­cate in schools about the need to care for the planet,” re­marked Sra Ol­tra.

The work of Ox­i­zo­nia in Peru in­cludes putting up bar- ri­ers to pre­vent il­le­gal min­ing, log­ging and hunt­ing, to help so­ci­ety co­ex­ist with the Ama­zon rain­for­est’s ecosys­tem.

AMACMEC was founded 20 years ago and is a mem­ber of the na­tional breast can­cer fed­er­a­tion (FECMA). It cur­rently has more than 500 mem­bers and 100 vol­un­teers, and is renowned for its tire­less cam­paign­ing for women af­fected by the ill­ness.

Sra Ol­tra re­ferred to the five women mak­ing the ex­pe­di­tion as ‘en­ter­pris­ing and pow­er­ful Ama­zo­ni­ans who are go­ing to do their best on this ad­ven­ture’.

Mau­reen Payne with Reme Ruiz

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