A saviour among us

Costa Levante News - - CLUBS AND CHARITIES -

By Irena Bodnarec As the tem­per­a­tures plum­meted across the prov­ince last week, Martin Kyme, Pres­i­dent of Eco-Vida and his vol­un­teers reached out to the for­got­ten of our so­ci­ety – the home­less

he non-profit as­so­ci­a­tion was formed five years ago and took to the streets of Benidorm and Ali­cante to dis­trib­ute dry blan­kets, hot drinks and food to those that live per­ma­nently on the streets.

Martin Kyme, Pres­i­dent of the Eco-Vida As­so­ci­a­tion spoke to CBN about the dire sit­u­a­tion, "there are cen­tres set up in the cities to help the home­less but due to strict reg­u­la­tions and rules many peo­ple pre­fer to take their chances sleep­ing rough, out­doors on the streets. These are the peo­ple most at risk from the se­vere weather con­di­tions that we are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing at the mo­ment".

What sur­prised Martin more than any­thing is the sheer amount of peo­ple now liv­ing on the streets com­pared to last year This is prob­a­bly due to the fact that the eco­nomic re­ces­sion saw many fam­i­lies lose their jobs and in turn un­able to cover the mort­gage pay­ments or rent and sub­se­quently los­ing their homes. Dur­ing the two full days that Eco-Vida spent in Benidorm and Ali­cante city they man­aged to dis­trib­ute 100 filled rolls, hot drinks and around two hun­dred ki­los of warm, clean blan­kets. They also do­nated a fur­ther 100 ki­los of blan­kets to the home­less refuge that is lo­cated in Ali­cante city, which was grate­fully ac­cepted by Alba, the refuge co-or­di­na­tor.

Eco-Vida was set up with the sole ob­jec­tive to help the needy of our so­ci­ety and thanks to their small network of used cloth­ing re­cy­cling bins, which are placed up and down the CostaB lanca and the good­will of the gen­eral pub­lic they man­age to raise funds and also cre­ate em­ploy­ment for peo­ple in sit­u­a­tions of risk and dan­ger.

If you would like to help Eco-Vida with their good causes then all you have to do is lo­cate one of their dis­tinc­tive blue used cloth­ing re­cy­cling bins and de­posit what­ever you don't need into the bin. They can utilise all types of cloth­ing, footwear, blan­kets, bed­sheets. For more in­for­ma­tion go to the web­site www. aso­cia­cionecovida.es

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