Month: September 2008

Gigi's birthday party

Click on the link and you can see G’s birthday party photos!

Thanks so much to Izzie who did the facepainting. You can email her at if you want to book her for your own kid’s party!

Last week's theme – older people in Mallorca

This was theme of the week last week:

Common threads of the week were the problems of overcoming islolation, lack of ability to communicate in Spanish, the difficulties presented if your family isn’t living close by, how a lack of mobility affects people when the public transport system isn’t all that great.

I spoke to

Sally from Angels Nursing
She offers private health care in the home in a language which the older person can understand. She told us about how if you are a European Citizen then you can claim free medication. She also recomended that all of us make a will! (

Diane Foden, living in Soller about cost of living and health care on the island (
We also spoke about ESRA (the English Speaking Residents’ Association) and its importance to her when she first moved to the island (

Jackie from Age Concern

Age Concren helps older people in many ways on the island: offering home and hospital visits, running social events and fundraising tirelessly. They lend medical equipment and are often asked to help with liasion with medical services. They count people who are 50 + as being eligible for their services.
Jackie also told me that their fundraising events are always rather lively and fun!

They are desperate for new volunteers especially if they speak fluent Spanish. If anyone is interested they can contact Jackie on 971-231520 or write giving full details including email address to Age Concern Mallorca, Apartado 7, 07180 Santa Ponsa.

Jackie Evans from They can help with getting your pension, health card and other paperwork organised with the government. They are also in contact with a local residential home for older people. (

Last week's theme – charities in Mallorca

Okay, I’ve been a bit lax in getting this all up on the blog as I’ve been a bit distracted by the hundreds of emails I’ve had about the dog with no name!

We spoke to:

Liam Live who is doing a four mile open sea swim to raise money for returning military personnel

Jayne Coombs who is looking for help with her goal to open a physiotherapy clinic in Ghana. She is hoping for sunglasses to help people who work in a salt flat, football kits for the kids at a local orphanage, builders and plumbers and electricians to volunteer to go down to Ghana in Jan 2009 to help build a school, and of course, money to make it all happen.

The kayakers who have just successfully kayaked around Mallorca for the Allen Graham Charity for Kidz.

Jackie Evans about SOS Animales in Calvia – they are holding a fundraising fun day in Portals on Sunday 27th Sept – they need bric a brac, tombola prizes and volunteers!

SOS Animal Mallorca: Association providing information on the welfare and protection of animals in Mallorca. Also an animal refuge whose objective is to find new homes for the abandoned and ill-treated animals of the islandPostal Address: Apart. Corres 6, 07184 Calvia, MallorcaTel: 670 022 963 / 971 606 467 / 971 233 032

The dog with no name, Thursday update

The dog with no name enjoying a cuddle with his foster carer, Rita

Hi all.

I went along to see the patient this morning and he is doing much better. He was lifting his head up, making doggie noises and being much more interested in what is going on around him. Rita, his foster carer, told me that he doesn’t make a fuss about having his dressings changed but he’s started to resist taking his pills orally, which she says is a good sign as he’s getting stronger and showing his personality a bit more.

If you pick up a copy of the Euroweekly today then you might see he’s featured in there.
Also, money wise we’re doing very well. We’re over the €1100 mark now and only have to collect another €400 to make the target.
Riccardo is back next week from his holiday and I’ll find out then what is happenning about the denuncia of the ex owner
Have a lovely day and thanks very much for showing your support.
vicki x

The dog with no name, Monday update

I spoke to Riccardo the vet today.

The dog is doing good! He took his first few steps this morning – he hadn’t been able to walk since he arrived at the surgery last week. The ticks are under control, he’s eating and drinking and ‘doing his business’ as Riccardo so delicately puts it!

On the donations front – so far several people have been to the surgery to drop off money….. Riccardo estimated it was about €250; I’ve just heard from Manuel and Jens at Restaurant Jens – they did a whip round at their lunchtime service and have collected €280! Which is terrific.

The Euro Weekly are running the story across all of the editions of their paper – so I’m really happy to get the extra publicity for the dog, and they’ve also pledged a €150 personal donation which is very kind.

And money is starting to be donated into the La Caixa account – the balance is at €116 on that account, with plenty more pledges made to put money into the account.

So if everyone who’s pledged money actually makes the donations – either directly at the surgery (which is open from 9.30 to 13-30 this week and closed in the afternoons) or into the La Caixa account – all details below – then that leaves us about €500 short of the €1500 target….. so if you know of anyone who might make a donation then please introduce them to this blog.

Thanks and have a lovely day