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.
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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