Erasing the age barrier
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.