Eras­ing the age bar­rier

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By Alex Watkins ENCUENTROS in­ter­gen­era­cionales (in­ter­gen­er­a­tional en­coun­ters) is a new ini­tia­tive by seven Vega Baja mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties which has brought to­gether more than 200 peo­ple of dif­fer­ent ages to have fun and com­pare their ex­pe­ri­ences.

The ses­sions were or­gan­ised by the Man­co­mu­nidad Bajo Se­gura, which jointly co­or­di­nates so­cial ser­vices for the town halls of Ben­ferri, Ca­tral, Daya Vieja, Rafal, San Ful­gen­cio, San Isidro and Bene­júzar.

The par­tic­i­pants played games from each other’s’ child­hoods and told each other how peo­ple from their re­spec­tive gen­er­a­tion like to spend their free time.

The ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded read­ing out and rein­vent­ing sto­ries, and open-mi­cro­phone ses­sions when the old­est peo­ple there ex­plained how their mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties used to be, how they cel­e­brated Christ­mas, what games they played, etc.

Also peo­ple of other na­tion­al­i­ties shared de­tails about some of the tra­di­tions in their coun­tries of ori­gin.

Also pop­u­lar was draw­ing up a fam­ily tree for each of the chil­dren there, which en­abled them to use their cre­ativ­ity, imag­i­na­tion and con­cen­tra­tion.

At the end of each ses­sion they played var­i­ous pop­u­lar games, the most pop­u­lar of which were rayuela (hop­scotch), pol­lito in­gles (stat­ues) and pilla pilla (tag).

Man­co­mu­nidad pres­i­dent Noemí Cu­til­las said the three days of ac­tiv­i­ties across the seven mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties were a great suc­cess for the par­tic­i­pants and the or­gan­is­ers.

“It made a big im­pres­sion on ev­ery­one, which could be seen from the num­ber of par­tic­i­pants and how en­thu­si­as­tic they were,” she as­sured.

She thanked each of the town halls in­volved for their col­lab­o­ra­tion and co­or­di­na­tion with the Man­co­mu­nidad team to make the project a suc­cess that they hope to re­peat in years to come. AN­OTHER ap­peal to en­sure that no child went with­out a present for Three Kings was or­gan­ised by the Par­tido Pop­u­lar (PP) in Tor­re­vieja.

In­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses made anony­mous con­tri­bu­tions of toys and books which were given to 120 boys and girls from the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

The Tor­re­vieja PP and its youth wing, Nuevas Gen­era­ciones, said the cam­paign had been a suc­cess, ‘thanks to the gen­eros­ity of Tor­re­vieja so­ci­ety and es­pe­cially, for the hap­pi­ness which be­tween us all we were able to bring to fam­i­lies who need our sol­i­dar­ity and help’.

“The real sat­is­fac­tion would be if no­body in our town needed ini­tia­tives like this. We would be thrilled if it were not nec­es­sary to col­lect coins or food, in which way this year we gave the NGO Ali­men­tos Sol­i­dar­ios Tor­re­vieja €470 and over 600 kilo­grams of food,” said the PP.

They pledged to con­tinue or­gan­is­ing ini­tia­tives such as this as long as it is nec­es­sary and to col­lab­o­rate with other ones by dif­fer­ent groups.

“In the same way we will ac­tively work to im­prove the sit­u­a­tion for ev­ery­one so that each day fewer fam­i­lies need help,” they added.

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