Month: October 2017

Walking Works Wonders

What are you doing on the morning of Saturday October 21st? Fancy a stroll for charity? Yep, it’s that time of year already, and it’s time to get your walking boots on and step out.

Mike, Jan, Rosa, Geoff and KateOrganised by the Calvia International branch of the Rotary Club the charity walk has been going for more than thirty years. And it’s raised thousands for local associations and causes. This year’s slogan is “Walking Works Wonders” and if you are a walker then you will already know that. Physical activity doesn’t need to be complicated. Something as simple as a daily brisk walk can help you live a healthier life.

Regular brisk walking can help you:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Improve your mood
  • Improve your balance and coordination

The faster, farther and more frequently you walk, the greater the benefits. So why not join in the walk, enjoy getting fitter and raise some money for charity? The Rotary Club Calvia International is hoping to attract some of the established walking groups on the Island to take part in the walk but anyone who has an interest in just doing a walk in the company of others – there are no prizes to be won or records to be broken – whilst at the same time making a contribution to three worthwhile Charities can take part.   Sponsors would be very welcome too, they already have Casa Corazon a beautiful luxury property development in Son Gual will sponsor the after walk refreshments  (www.casascorazon.es), Generali, the insurance company who covers the walk’s public liability insurance yearly (www.generali.com), Spectrum IFA (www.spectrum-ifa.com) will sponsor the water, plus Nice Price are donating chocolate treats (www.niceprice-mallorca.com).  The Town Hall in Calvia are also providing their full support for the event.

This year’s charities which stand to benefit are RANA  (fundacionrana.org.es) a Majorca based charity which aims to prevent child abuse. JoyRon (joyronfoundation.org)  which helps needy children in the Balearics. Our contribution will go towards the cost of providing a children’s cinema in Son Espases Hospital, and Asociacion Ondine (asociacionondine.org) which is dedicated to environmental and marine conservation in the Balearic Islands.

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So why are we at Es Generador looking at countless posters designed by local school children? Because every year the poster advertising the walk comes from an art competition that they can enter. Despite local public schools being invited to attend it’s just some of the private and international schools which have entered: Queens College, Bellver, Baleares International College, Agora and The Academy.  I know that the Rotary Club would love to have more schools join in (both in the forthcoming walk and in next year’s art competition and walk) so get in touch with them if you represent a school or college. After much deliberation the judges chose the entry from Lotta Cabello from Queens College with the Junior runners up being Zahara Vazquez (Agora) and Roberto Mercadal (Agora) and the Senior runners up being Elsa (Queens College) and Alina Vera (Queens College) with a Special Mention for  Electa Schaller (The Academy).

Mike with the special mention entry.It takes quite a bit of effort, patience and dedication to coordinate the walk, and this year the job has fallen to Jan Siegl (for any questions you can contact her via janet.siegl@gmail.com). It’s Jan who tells me about a new initiative, to make the walk “plastic free”.

“This year, for the first time, the Club is aiming to abolish the need for single use plastic bottles reflecting our wish to work with Asociacion Ondine, one of the Charities we are supporting and which campaigns against the indiscriminate use and disposal of plastic items. We’re seeking to not only serve the local community and reflect the aim of Rotary International, which is Service above Self but also to save the environment for the future. It’s a very important issue for all of us. All participants will be asked to bring along a reusable water bottle which they will be able to fill for free from a large tank, called The Rocket and which will be provided by CleanWave.org, a non governmental organisation which provides solutions to the single use plastic bottle issue. Further water will be available along the route. ”

As in other years there will be a choice of two walks this year they will both start and finish at the Polideportivo de Magaluf on c/Minyo. The 10 km route will go to the municipal car park next to Agora International School in Costa d’en Blanes and back and the 2 km route will go down to the promenade at Magaluf. The walks will be marshalled and supervised by members of the Rotary Club and other voluntary organisations, as well as having both a Guardia and medical presence. When the walkers return they will be awarded a medal and will be provided with light refreshments. There will also be stalls selling items from other Charitable organisations and stalls from sponsors.

The 10 Km walk will start at 10.00am and the 2 Km walk at 10.15.   If you want to take part then you should turn up for registration between 9.00 and 9.45am.  Walkers of all ages and abilities can take part. The cost of taking part will be €10 for adults and €5 for children. There is no charge for any committed to taking part in the walk and their contribution to the event, and of course to the sums raised, is significant and very much appreciated. But the Rotary Club Calvia International is still seeking more participants, so, what are you waiting for? Get involved!  

For more information about the Rotary Club visit www.rotary-calvia.weebly.com

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The Grapevine

Back to pyjamas, but not quite jeans’ weather, it’s this time of year that confuses my wardrobe but allows us to start to get things done again. Now it’s a little cooler I feel like my brain returns to its normal temperature and regular service can be resumed. It’s a relief!

Cake (and clothes)

I didn’t make it to any of the Coffee Mornings last Friday so I’m really happy to have been sent these photos from Annalise of the Cala Nova Cancer Care Charity Shop.  They held their morning at the Agua Beach Hotel which was she said an ideal setting on the first line of the beach in Palma Nova.  More than 500€ was raised thanks to a very popular tombola. The fundraising charity will top up the total to 1000€ and send it to Macmillan Nurses in the UK. The group want to extend their thanks to Anne and Toni Niera for their continued support and the loan of the terrace of their fine Hotel. “The weather was ideal and everyone enjoyed the beautiful singing of Lottie who donated her time and many thanks to her and all the people who came. We had wonderful cakes all homemade donated by super  cooks and a great time was had by all”.  Thanks to Annalise for her report, and well done everyone.  Also, and this is super inside news, I know that the shop in Cala Nova has some very stylish donators and now is the time to wander down there to check out the Autumn clothes as they have just switched over from their Summer lines. Annalise says there’s a lot of designer pieces for both men and women.

 

Dogs on holiday

Christina is planning a holiday for you and your dogsChristina Kastin is on a mission to get a plane full of dogs and their owners to fly to Majorca for a holiday. The dates are booked for November when the plane will come from Stockholm. When it happens this will be a world first as the plan is that the dogs will travel in the cabin with their people. If you are already on the island and would like to participate in the holiday which will be in the Arta area in a dpg friendly hotel: the dogs will be allowed to go anywhere their owners go in the hotel, except for the pool. There will be various dog focused events and excursions through the week. You can see more information at http://www.guide4dogs.com/travels/stockholm-sweden  Can you imagine seeing a plane full of dogs? I cannot wait to see THAT photo! Apparently the international news will be reporting it and this is a great chance for a sponsor to jump onboard and get themselves a lot of coverage.

 

Vino and Art

The event will be on next weekend on the 12th and 13th October in Muro. The idea is to bring together local wine producers and local artists (both visual and performing) You will be able to try the wares of Binigual (Binissalem), Ca´n Feliu (Porreres), Can Ramis (Sencelles), Castell Miquel (Alaró), Son Ramón (Muro – Llubí), Butxet (Muro), Can Axartell (Pollença), Bodegas Ángel (Santa María), Vi Del Rei (LLucmajor), Son Artigues (Porreres), Pere Seda (Manacor) y Son Vich de Superna (Puigpunyent).

And enjoy the works of Adolf Gil, Miguel Sarasate, Silvia Félix, Gustavo Peñalver Vico, Simon Blades and Rafel Moreno Brunet, with performances from Tinons & The Mopis, Monkey Doo, Tubatap, Saxophobia Funk Project, Sonica Project and DJ T-Mark. The organisers have big ambitions for their event saying that they hope to have more than a thousand people attend over the weekend and I for one will be there for sure!  The Vins amb Art project is sponsored by the City Council of Muro, Hotel association Playa de Muro, the airline Germania and Autovidal (Smart). It also has Seeds Events and collaborators like Travel Rocks, RC Protocol & Communication, Cristina Ortega Photodesign, Mana Culture, Balear of Shipping, Descanshop, Majorica amongst others. You can get information by visiting www.vinsambart.com

SoCial Opens

Run by Martyn Smith and Dom Miles, this is a super stylish new place in the heart of the Paseo Maritimo opposite Titos and the new food market. It’s open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings so go check it out. www.wearesocial.club  

 

Thank you Vivian

Artist Vivian Borsani outside of her studio

I commissioned my friend the artist Vivian Borsani to create this beautiful painting for me recently for a special present for a relative. Thank you Vivian you went above and beyond our brief. Vivian’s studio is on Calle Fabrica 13 in Palma. You can go past and see her work and find out more about her. She’s a great person to get to know, and her art is addictive.

 

Congratulations Barbara and Guy

Congratulations Barbara and GuyMeanwhile, in Canada, Barbara Hodge just married Guy. She moved over there in the summertime after selling up her business in Palma to be with her partner. Congratulations lovely people!

Kersplat!

I didn’t write about this in my last column because I was just too mad to tell you about it. I’ve had an injury: my third this year! Do you remember the heavy rains in Palma a month ago? I was out working: photographing a wedding and then on to another job in Palma.  On my way to the venue, arms full of cameras, a tripod and an umbrella to shield me from the rain I managed to slip over on the wet pavement, and couldn’t get up again. There was some swearing, and a bit of feeling quite sorry for myself.  I was rescued by some very sweet passersby who waited with me until an ambulance showed up. Luckily for me I hadn’t broken a bone, but I later discovered when I wasn’t getting better as fast as I would like and went to see my bone doctor Joe Arrindell that I had dislocated my kneecap and ripped my quad muscle in two places.  Ouch. So there’s been a lot of staggering around recently. I have to wear a very special and stylish leg bandage for another couple of weeks yet. But it’s also inspired me to finally get around to getting that accident insurance that autonomo (freelance) people really should have. Imagine if I had broken a bone, I wouldn’t have been able to do any of the jobs that I had been booked to do, including two weddings and an extensive shoot at Pirates Adventure for their brochure. So, it’s a warning that I have to get myself sorted out.

That’s all for now, see you soon. If you have an event you want to tell me about then get in touch. http://www.mallorcamatters.com